Trump’s Legal Team Seeks Delay in Federal Election Case to Review Documents

Lawyers representing former President Donald Trump are requesting a delay in the trial for charges that he conspired to overturn the 2020 election. Instead of the proposed start date of January 2, 2024, Trump’s legal team is seeking a trial date of April 2026. The reason for this request is the massive amount of information they need to review, which amounts to 11.5 million pages of documents.

In their filing, Trump’s lawyers highlight the unprecedented nature of the case and the overwhelming volume of documents they need to go through. They state that if these pages were printed and stacked, it would create a tower of paper taller than the Washington Monument, with almost a million pages left over. To meet the proposed trial date set by the Justice Department, they would have to process approximately 100,000 pages per day.

The decision on the trial’s start date ultimately lies with U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan. It is expected that she will set a tentative date during an upcoming court hearing on August 28. Trump’s legal team is currently dealing with a packed 2024 schedule, which includes other court dates and campaign appearances. He is facing multiple legal challenges, including criminal cases and a presidential primary season.

One of Trump’s upcoming trials involves a case in New York related to an alleged hush money payment to a porn actor, scheduled for March 25, 2024. Additionally, he is facing charges in Fulton County, Georgia, for attempting to overturn the state’s presidential election results. Prosecutors there have proposed a trial date of March 4, 2024. Furthermore, there is a federal trial date set in Florida on May 20, 2024, regarding charges that Trump unlawfully hoarded classified documents and concealed them from investigators.

The determination of the trial date will have implications for Trump’s political activities, especially considering his potential involvement in the 2024 presidential race.

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