Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed by President Trump, has made the decision to relocate the trial for Jack Smith’s classified documents case to Fort Pierce. The trial is tentatively set to begin on August 14, 2023, and is anticipated to take two weeks.
“This case is hereby set for a Criminal Jury Trial during the two-week period commencing August 14, 2023, or as soon thereafter as the case may be called. A Calendar Call will be held at 1:45 p.m. on August 8, 2023. All hearings will be held at Alto Lee Adams, Sr. United States Courthouse, 101 South U.S. Highway 1, Courtroom 4008, Fort Pierce, Florida 34950, with modifications to be made as necessary as this matter proceeds. Any testing of electronic equipment to be used at trial must take place at the Calendar Call. To that end, the parties are directed to bring to the Calendar Call any equipment intended for use at trial. All pre-trial motions and motions in limine must be filed by July 24, 2023.” – Judge Cannon wrote in the order on Tuesday.
All court hearings pertaining to the case, in which Trump faces 37 federal counts and previously entered a plea of not guilty, will now be held in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Kash Patel weighed in on Judge Cannon recusing herself unnecessarily.
The Washington Examiner pointed out that the trial date is set to begin right before the first GOP presidential primary debate.
The trial date is set the week before the first Republican presidential debate on Aug. 23, 2023 in Milwaukee. The debate is set to be broadcast on Fox News Channel.
Trump leads the GOP primary field by a significant margin, per the RealClearPolitics polling average. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is in second place, with the other candidates far behind the two Florida men.
There is a possibility that the trial may not begin as scheduled in August.
Just the News noted:
Cannon, a Trump appointee, said the trial could be delayed on the grounds of several factors, “the complexity of the case, … the security clearance process, and any anticipated impact of the Classified Information Procedures Act,” the latter of which deals with the process that classified materials are used at trial.
President Trump’s legal team is preparing to file a motion to dismiss the case, citing allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. Sources familiar with the matter have informed CBS News’ Catherine Herridge that Trump’s lawyers are developing a legal strategy to thoroughly examine the details of Jack Smith’s case.
According to Herridge, Trump’s legal team “likely anticipating some limited discovery to kind of get under the hood of the special counsel’s case and the strength of the evidence,” Herridge said on Sunday.
Catherine Herridge disclosed that President Trump’s lawyers have two top tier targets: filing a motion to dismiss the case by alleging prosecutorial misconduct and seeking the exclusion of the notes made by Trump’s lawyer, Eric Corcoran.
Furthermore, Herridge revealed that Corcoran’s extensive notes, which document his conversations with Trump, span over 40 pages in length.