Trump Loses Attempt to Toss Classified Documents Case

He has similar motions still in play, and in New York, a delay in hush-money case is possible
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 14, 2024 3:45 PM CDT
Updated Mar 14, 2024 7:00 PM CDT
Trump May Get One-Month Delay in Hush-Money Case
Former President Trump waves to supporters as he leaves federal court, Thursday, March 14, 2024, in Fort Pierce, Fla.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

This file has been updated with the judge's decision on a motion to dismiss.
Donald Trump's legal travails had two notable developments on Thursday:

  • Classified documents: In Florida, the former president looked on in court as his lawyers urged a federal judge to dismiss the case accusing him of illegally retaining classified documents after he left the White House, per the AP. US District Judge Aileen Cannon was unmoved, rejecting a motion to throw out the case, per the New York Times, after hearing arguments over whether a law that underpins the bulk of the charges is too vaguely worded to enforce against a former president. Cannon, who was nominated to the bench by Trump, asked probing questions of both sides before denying a Trump legal attack on the indictment for the first time. The judge told a Trump attorney that striking down the statute would be "quite an extraordinary step." But she also noted to a prosecutor that no former president has ever been charged with mishandling classified documents. Other Trump motions to dismiss are still pending.

  • Hush money: In Manhattan, prosecutors said they're open to delaying the start of Trump's hush-money criminal trial to give his lawyers time to review evidence that was only recently turned over, per the AP. The Manhattan district attorney's office said in a court filing that it's not opposed to adjourning the start of the trial for not more than 30 days—fewer than the 90 days sought by the defense. The judge has yet to rule on the request. For now, jury selection is scheduled to begin March 25.
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