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Trump’s legal battles in New York might help him accomplish what he wanted since the beginning in the Florida case


Florida – Another development comes in Donald Trump’s favor in the ongoing legal cases he faces. Apparently, the former president’s legal battles in New York might help him accomplish what he arguably wanted since the beginning in the Florida case: delay the proceedings as much as possible, ideally until after the presidential election in November 2024.

Trump’s legal battles in New York might help him accomplish what he wanted since the beginning in the Florida case

New York Trial Influences Florida Case Timing

The former president’s legal battles are creating a complex schedule of delays, particularly affecting his classified documents case in Florida. Trump’s trial in New York concerning payments to Stormy Daniels and other individuals is set to delay the proceedings of his classified documents case in Florida, as conveyed by his legal team to Judge Aileen Cannon.

In a recent court filing, Trump’s lawyers, Todd Blanche and Chris Kise, informed Judge Cannon that the scheduling for pre-trial hearings in the classified documents case, previously proposed by them, has become impractical due to the adjournment of the trial date related to the Stormy Daniels case in New York. “The dates that we proposed to the Court, particularly in late May and early June 2024, are no longer workable for President Trump in light of the adjourned trial date,” the filing stated.

Donald Trump is facing 40 federal charges related to his handling of classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, after his presidency ended in January 2021. He faces accusations of obstructing federal authorities’ efforts to recover these documents and has entered a plea of not guilty to all charges.

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Simultaneously, Trump is involved in a separate trial in New York, which stems from allegations of making payments to silence two women—Stormy Daniels, an adult film star, and Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model—regarding their affairs with him before the 2016 presidential election. Trump is further accused of making payments to a former Trump Tower doorman who claimed Trump fathered a child with another woman. The former president has denied all 34 felony charges in the New York case, dismissing them as part of a political witch hunt aiming to thwart his White House bid.

Scheduling Challenges and Strategic Delays

The chief prosecutor in the Florida case, Jack Smith, has expressed frustration to Judge Cannon over attempts by Trump’s lawyers to delay the classified documents trial until after the 2024 presidential election. The concern is that if Trump were to be re-elected, he could potentially appoint an attorney general who might drop the case or even pardon himself.

Judge Cannon has already had to adjust the trial’s schedule due to disputes over the management of highly classified documents that Trump allegedly kept at his Mar-a-Lago estate. While prosecutors are pushing for a trial start date in July, Trump’s legal team prefers August.

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The filing also revealed that the judge in the Stormy Daniels case in New York has set jury selection for April 15, 2024. Given the complexities of the trial, including jury selection, religious observances, and the expected trial schedule, Trump’s legal team anticipates he will be engaged in the New York trial from April 15 through the end of May 2024. This overlap necessitates a reevaluation of the proposed dates for the pre-trial hearings in the classified documents case.

As these legal battles unfold, Trump’s capacity to manage simultaneous high-stakes trials poses significant logistical and strategic challenges. The outcome of these cases could have profound implications not only for Trump’s personal legal standing but also for his political future as he seeks re-election.

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