Judge Gives Trump More Time for Immunity Argument

There's still no suggestion of when the classified documents trial might begin
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2024 3:15 PM CDT
Judge Gives Trump Lawyers More Time to Argue Immunity
The Supreme Court opinion in Donald Trump's immunity case is photographed Monday.   (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

With the Supreme Court having ruled on the matter, US District Judge Aileen Cannon on Saturday put off several deadlines in the classified documents case against Donald Trump to allow time for responses to the decision on presidential immunity. Defense lawyers had asked her Friday to let them make more filings in support of their argument for immunity. Cannon's order issued the next day gives prosecutors until July 18 to answer the request for a delay in the case and delayed a pair of deadlines concerning expert witnesses and discovery. With the case barely moving as it is, the new postponements shouldn't add much to the delays, the New York Times reports.

Special counsel Jack Smith contends that the Supreme Court ruling has no bearing on the classified documents case because Trump isn't charged in connection with official acts, per the Hill. Trump was no longer president when he's accused of taking the files and trying to obstruct FBI efforts to recover them. Neither the defense nor the prosecution immediately responded to Cannon's order on Saturday, per NBC News. There's no trial date on the horizon yet. Cannon postponed it indefinitely to consider pretrial defense motions seeking to have the case thrown out. (More Aileen Cannon stories.)

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