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Trump calls for Florida lawsuit to be dropped

Photo: Joe Raedle Getty Images via Agence France-Presse The Republican candidate for the November presidential election is accused of having compromised national security by keeping documents classified as confidential.

France Media Agency in Miami

March 15, 2024

  • United States

Donald Trump traveled to a Florida court Thursday to hear his lawyers' request to drop charges against him for his potentially casual handling of classified documents upon his departure from the White House.

Judge Aileen Cannon, overseeing the case, holds a daylong hearing in a courtroom north of Miami to hear motions to dismiss proposed by the 77-year-old billionaire's lawyers.

The Republican candidate for the November presidential election is accused of compromising national security by keeping classified documents and pleaded not guilty in June.

Among these documents, some of which are “top secret”: military plans or even information on nuclear weapons. They were kept after his departure from the White House in January 2021 at his private residence Mar-a-Lago in Florida instead of being returned to the National Archives as required by law.

He is also accused of attempting to destroy evidence in this case, for which he faces a total of 41 counts.

According to his lawyers, Donald Trump had the right to keep these documents under the terms of a presidential records law, and his indictment should be dismissed by the judge.

But special prosecutor Jack Smith, who filed the indictment against the ex-president, rejected that argument in a court document.

Donald “Trump was not allowed to have classified documents at all [let alone in unsecured locations at Mar-a-Lago],” Jack Smith said.

The trial, initially scheduled to begin on May 20, will likely be postponed for several months, with Judge Cannon wanting a timetable sufficiently spaced out to allow for “flexibility,” particularly because of the possibility of overlap with other criminal proceedings against the ex-president.

Donald Trump's lawyers argue that “a fair trial cannot be held until after the 2024 presidential election.”

If he were elected again, Donald Trump could, once inaugurated in January 2025, order an end to federal proceedings against him.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116