The Department of Justice’s Special Counsel urged a Federal Judge to reject Donald Trump’s bid to delay indefinitely his trial for criminal charges related his retention of classified information after he left White House.
In a recent court filing, the team of DOJ special counsel Jack Smith said that the trial for the former president should begin in Florida on December 11, not after the presidential election in 2024 as Trump and co-defendant Walt Nauta had requested.
In the filing, prosecutors stated that "there is no basis for proceeding in an open-ended and indeterminate manner and the defendants provide none."
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The trial of's co-defendant Walt Nauta should begin in Florida on December 11, not after the presidential election of 2024, as Trump and Nauta requested.
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Smith's prosecutors wrote that there was no legal or factual basis for proceeding in an open-ended and indeterminate manner, and they did not provide any in their filing to the U.S. District Court of West Palm Beach in Florida.
The team of the special counsel added that "a speedy trial is not a government preference to be justified, but a fundamental requirement under the Constitution and United States Code." "Defendants claim that this Court cannot select an impartial juror until after the presidential elections does not justify any further delay."
In a filing filed Tuesday night, the lawyers for Trump, Nauta and Trump's personal assistant, claimed that "no court has ever addressed the intersection" between the charges brought against them and the Presidential Records Act.
Defense lawyers said that Smith's proposal for a December start date was "unrealistic", given the amount of evidence and the special circumstances in the case.
Trump is the only president to have been criminally charged by a federal court, whether he was a former president or not.
In early June, he was indicted on 37 counts for allegedly keeping classified government files at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and for taking steps to prevent the officials from recovering these records when suspicions began to grow that Trump had retained them.
Both he and Nauta who are accused of assisting him in this alleged attempt, have pleaded no contest in the case.
Their lawyers have said that the case would raise important legal issues. Among them, the question as to whether the charges are in conflict with the Presidential Records Act. The defense lawyers have also stated that they expect to dismiss the indictment.
Smith's prosecutors ridiculed that idea on Thursday. They wrote, "Any argument claiming that [the Presidential Records Act] requires dismissal of the Indictment, or that it forms a defence to the charges in this case, borders on frivolous."
Prosecutors wrote: "The legal questions raised by the Defendants do not justify a delay in a trial date or even if it is open-ended, a deferral."
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