Trump's Classified Documents Trial Set for May Amid 2024 Campaign
The trial concerning the alleged mishandling of classified documents by Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to commence on May 20 of the following year, as stated in a recent U.S. court order. Trump's legal team had initially opposed setting a date, preferring it to take place after the November 2024 U.S. presidential election, where he is considered a leading candidate for the Republican nomination.
A representative for Trump mentioned that this trial schedule allows the President and his legal team to continue their fight against the criminal charges. However, the spokesperson for U.S. Special Counsel Jack Smith's office refrained from commenting on the matter.
The indictment against Trump was issued on June 8, accusing him of unlawfully retaining national security documents upon leaving office and providing false information to officials attempting to recover them. Trump has maintained his plea of not guilty.
Initially, federal prosecutors had requested the trial to be scheduled for December, but it has been set for May instead.
Alongside this case, Trump faces several other legal challenges as he pursues his 2024 presidential campaign. On March 25, he is expected to stand trial in Manhattan for separate charges related to falsifying business records to conceal a payment made to a porn star.
Moreover, on Tuesday, Trump disclosed that he had received a letter indicating he is the subject of a grand jury investigation pertaining to efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which he was defeated.