Trump classified documents hearing set for August 14—one week before first GOP debate

June 21, 2023

Judge Aileen Cannon has set the first court date for former President Donald Trump’s classified documents trial for a little over a week before the first GOP primary debate, reports The Washington Examiner.

The case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida will begin on August 14, per a court filing on Tuesday, June 20.

Cannon also said in the filing that the deadline for both parties to submit pretrial motions and motions in limine, meaning in the beginning, is July 24.

Trump was arraigned on the charges and made his first appearance in federal court in Miami last week, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges related to his alleged mishandling of classified documents.

The former president was charged with 31 counts of willful retention of national defense information, one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, one count of withholding a document or record, one count of corruptly concealing a document or record, one count of concealing a document in a federal investigation, one count for a scheme to conceal, and one count related to alleged false statements.

Trump is the first current or former president to be federally indicted. He was indicted on state charges by a grand jury in New York in March. The former president also is under a grand jury investigation in Georgia for his alleged attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election; and is under special counsel investigation for his alleged role in the Capitol insurrectoin on January 6, 2021.

The trial date is set the week before the first Republican presidential debate on August 23 in Milwaukee. The debate is set to be broadcast on Fox News Channel.

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