Judge in Mar-a-Lago seized docs case may postpone trial after admonishing DOJ for 'compressed schedule'

Problems include voluminous discovery, discovery delays, late delivery of secure location...

Judge Aileen Cannon, who is overseeing the Department of Justice's classified document case against former President Donald Trump, is weighing modifying the trial schedule due to various issues with how it has been conducted thus far. Cannon notably laid into the DOJ's Jay Bratt over his "level of understanding to these realities."

Problems include voluminous discovery, discovery delays, late delivery of secure location to review the evidence and Trump’s clashing trial schedules, according to American Greatness senior contributor Julie Kelly. 

Kelly reported that bombshell revelations include a grouping of evidence that features “years” of security footage from Mar-a-Lago, evidence of "Extensive communications" between officials from the White House, NARA, intel agencies as well as the DOJ and special counsel Jack Smith to talk about what charges to file for before the indictment had dropped.

Other news includes that Trump maintained DOE security clearance surrounding at least one charged document as recently as June 2023, and that the defense might consider the Secret Service to be a member of the prosecution as it has its own security system separate from Mar-a-Lago.

Bratt insisted Cannon should not delay the trial and that she should "should not let the D.C. trial drive the schedule here," PBS reports.

There are over 1.3 million pages of evidence that prosecutors in the Mar-a-Lago case have given to the defense, along with thousands of hours of security footage captured at Trump’s Florida estate, according to the outlet. 

Trump attorney Todd Blanche argued that prosecutors need to be realistic about the case, as the classified documents can only be viewed in designated government rooms with heightened security.

"It has been extremely difficult to have access," he said.

Kelly said that Cannon at one point asked the DOJ to provide an example of a time it brought forth two criminal cases in a "compressed" schedule while calling for trial dates within less than 3 months; Cannon did not receive an answer.

Cannon will be making a decision regarding the trial date in the coming days, per PBS. 
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