Prosecutors Push Again on Trump’s Request to Delay Paperwork Trial

Federal prosecutors on Thursday requested the decide overseeing former President Donald J. Trump’s labeled paperwork case to reject a movement by Mr. Trump’s attorneys to have his trial indefinitely postponed, a transfer that might serve to delay the continuing till after the 2024 election.

The submitting by the prosecutors got here three days after Mr. Trump’s authorized group made an uncommon request to the decide, Aileen M. Cannon, asking her to put aside the federal government’s preliminary suggestion to carry the trial in December and delay it till all “substantive motions” within the case had been introduced and resolved.

The timing of a trial is essential in all prison issues. However it’s particularly necessary on this case, by which Mr. Trump has been charged with illegally holding on to 31 labeled paperwork after leaving the White Home and conspiring with certainly one of his private aides, Walt Nauta, to hinder the federal government’s efforts to reclaim them.

Mr. Trump is now each a federal prison defendant and the Republican Get together’s main candidate within the presidential marketing campaign. There could possibly be untold issues if his trial seeps into the ultimate phases of the race. Furthermore, if the trial is pushed again till after the election and Mr. Trump wins, he may attempt to pardon himself after taking workplace or have his legal professional basic dismiss the matter solely.

Apparently recognizing these excessive stakes, prosecutors working for the particular counsel, Jack Smith, informed Decide Cannon that she mustn’t permit Mr. Trump and Mr. Nauta to let the case to tug on and not using a foreseeable ending.

“There isn’t a foundation in regulation or reality for continuing in such an indeterminate and open-ended vogue,” they wrote, “and the defendants present none.”

Mr. Trump’s attorneys primarily based their movement for a delay — which was filed on Monday within the Southern District of Florida — on a number of assertions.

They mentioned that because the case moved ahead, they supposed to make novel — and presumably time-consuming — arguments that the Presidential Data Act permitted Mr. Trump to take paperwork with him from the White Home. That interpretation of the Watergate-era regulation is at odds with how authorized consultants interpret it.

Prosecutors responded by saying this potential protection “borders on frivolous.” Additionally they reminded Decide Cannon that it was not new in any respect, however in reality was central to an prolonged authorized battle final yr that she oversaw, by which an outdoor arbiter was put in place to evaluate a trove of supplies seized by the F.B.I. from Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump’s non-public membership and residence in Florida.

Mr. Trump’s attorneys additionally complained {that a} first trove of discovery proof supplied by the federal government was expansive — together with greater than 800,000 pages of fabric — and would take a big period of time to kind via.

Prosecutors shot again, saying a few third of these pages contained unimportant “e mail header and footer data” and {that a} set of “key” paperwork that might information the protection towards the essential sections of discovery was solely about 4,500 pages.

The prosecutors additionally informed Decide Cannon that they supposed to offer Mr. Trump’s attorneys with a second batch of unclassified discovery proof as early as subsequent week, together with interviews performed with witnesses as just lately as June 23 — a number of weeks after Mr. Trump was indicted. That means, as The New York Occasions has reported, that the investigation of the labeled paperwork case continued even after expenses had been filed.

As for the labeled discovery proof, prosecutors mentioned they deliberate to take the majority of the labeled supplies seized from Mar-a-Lago to a delicate compartmented data facility inside Miami’s federal courthouse subsequent week for evaluate by Mr. Trump’s attorneys — despite the fact that a few of them solely have interim safety clearances.

As soon as the attorneys have their closing safety clearances, the prosecutors mentioned, they may be capable of have a look at the remaining labeled data, together with some “pertaining to the declassification of assorted supplies through the Trump administration.”

In asking for a delay, Mr. Trump’s attorneys had mentioned that his marketing campaign schedule “requires an amazing period of time and vitality” and that these efforts would proceed till the election. They argued that Mr. Nauta had an analogous downside since his job requires him to accompany Mr. Trump on “most marketing campaign journeys across the nation.”

However prosecutors appeared to haven’t any persistence for this argument, saying the 2 males’s “skilled schedules don’t present a foundation to delay.”

“Many indicted defendants have demanding jobs that require a substantial quantity of their time and vitality, or a big quantity of journey,” they wrote. “The Speedy Trial Act contemplates no such issue as a foundation for a continuance, and the court docket mustn’t indulge it right here.”