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Trump requests trial postponement – The Washington Post



Former president Donald Trump’s lawyers argued in new court papers that for a host of legal and political reasons, the trial should be pushed beyond the December timeframe proposed by the Justice Department, and possibly after the November 2024 election.

In a 12-page filing late Monday night, Trump’s lawyers Christopher Kise and Todd Blanche claimed that putting the former president on trial later this year for alleged mishandling of classified papers and obstruction will be “unreasonable, telling, and would result in a miscarriage of justice.”

The lawyers argued that no trial date be set for the time being, while the two sides work through pre-trial motions and hearings. To that end, Trump’s defense team offered a host of reasons for pushing the trial into at least 2024, and suggest it should be pushed even further, until after the presidential election in order to ensure a fair jury.

“Proceeding to trial during the pendency of a Presidential election cycle wherein opposing candidates are effectively (if not literally) directly adverse to one another in this action will create extraordinary challenges in the jury selection process and limit the Defendants’ ability to secure a fair and impartial adjudication,” the lawyers wrote, arguing the stakes are simply too high to hold such a trial during a presidential campaign.

“Here, there is simply no question any trial of this action during the pendency of a Presidential election will impact both the outcome of that election and, importantly, the ability of the Defendants to obtain a fair trial,” Kise and Blanche wrote.

The current front-runner in the Republican presidential field, Trump was indicted last month on 37 separate charges, setting the stage for a high-profile, high-stakes trial that is likely to test not just his own popularity within his party and the country but the criminal justice system’s ability to seek and win a conviction of a former president.

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