Apr 18, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Trump uses fast-moving N.Y. trial to seek delay in classified docs case

Former president Donald Trump speaks to the media as he visits a bodega store in upper Manhattan where a worker was assaulted by a man in 2022 and ended up killing him in an ensuing fight on April 16, 2024 in New York City. The worker, Jose Alba, was arrested before the Manhattan District Attorney

Former President Trump visits a bodega store in upper Manhattan on April 16 in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Former President Trump's legal team requested in a filing Thursday that some deadlines in his federal classified documents case be postponed, arguing that his New York criminal trial is moving "expeditiously."

Why it matters: Trump's colliding courtroom calendars has been on display as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee navigates four criminal indictments.

  • He and his lawyers claimed they don't have time to adequately prepare for the Florida case. They asked to bump filing deadlines until three weeks after his New York criminal trial concludes.
  • Judge Juan Merchan, who is presiding over the New York trial, said opening statements in the case could start as soon as Monday morning.

Driving the news: "Simply put, President Trump and his counsel cannot prepare—or even discuss—the required filings anywhere but an appropriate SCIF, a virtually impossible task given President Trump and Messrs. Blanche and Bove's involvement in People v. Trump," per the motion.

Between the lines: It's the second time in under a week that Trump has sought to use the New York criminal trial to request a delay in the Florida case, overseen by Judge Aileen Cannon.

  • Cannon has not yet set a new trial date in the case.

State of play: Seven of 18 jurors have been selected in Trump's New York criminal trial, where he faces 34 felony counts for allegedly falsifying business records.

  • Jury selection in the high-profile case is moving quicker than some legal experts anticipated it would.

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