A federal judge Tuesday morning set August 14 as the start date for the trial. Former President Donald Trumptrial. The proceedings will be held in federal court in Fort Pierce.
But don’t expect that date to be kept, legal watchers were quick to warn.
Richard Serafini, former senior trial attorney in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, said: “There are a lot of issues here that have to be dealt with, which will no doubt lengthen the litigation.” “Whether it slides over months or months, we don’t know yet how it will really play out.”
Trump was indicted earlier this month on charges related to possession, mishandling and attempted concealment of government records, including classified documents containing some of the nation’s most highly classified secrets.he entered Petition of not guilty in federal court Appearing in Miami on June 13th.
Legal experts said on Tuesday that a number of issues, from lawyers’ confidentiality clearances to negotiations over redacting confidential files, are likely to cause delays. Serafini said Tuesday’s trial date order was issued to comply with the Speedy Trial Act, which requires a trial date to be set within 70 days.
“It is customary in the region for courts to set a trial date within one to two weeks of indictment. ‘he said. . “But there is a 100% chance that the trial will not start on that day.”
Another issue Serfini pointed out was that a trial was set in New York in March for the 34 felony charges Trump was indicted there this spring. These charges relate to an alleged cover-up of hush money paid to adult film actresses in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
“Trump must be able to attend both trials and be able to discuss the defense in both trials,” Serafini said in a federal document, albeit unrelated to the New York charges. He added that the timing of the trial may have played a role. Keep an eye on Manhattan’s courtroom calendar.
As of Tuesday morning, the former president had not commented on the trial date set by U.S. District Court Judge Eileen Cannon, Trump’s nominee to the federal court.
But President Trump has said he will reach an agreement with federal prosecutors on a different legal issue: President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, pleads guilty to two tax-related misdemeanor charges, and a gun felony charge. Immediately commented on the news.
“Our system is broken,” Trump said in a post on his site, Truth Social. I just settled the criminal liability for the whole time.” “
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