Donald Trump gets pinned with trial date in classified docs case
Fort Pierce, Florida - A federal judge on Tuesday scheduled the criminal trial of former president Donald Trump for his alleged mishandling of classified documents and obstruction to begin on August 14.
Trump's legal team is likely to get that preliminary date pushed back by months, however, as it files a flurry of motions over numerous complex legal issues before a jury is seated.
Judge Aileen Cannon ordered both sides to file pre-trial motions by July 24, setting aside two weeks for a trial in Fort Pierce, a two-hour drive north of Miami, where Trump was initially processed.
What is happening in the Donald Trump classified documents case?
The Southern District of Florida is known as a "rocket docket" jurisdiction, because its judges push for trials to start relatively quickly.
But the former president's lawyers will need time to obtain security clearances to access some of the classified material he is accused of mishandling.
They will likely file multiple motions to dismiss the case and over the sharing of evidence that could take up to a year, according to some analysts, including former Trump lawyer Tim Parlatore.
In a new interview with Fox News, Trump defended his decision to take boxes of documents from the White House, saying many of the papers were "interspersed" with his personal effects.
"I want to go through the boxes and get all my personal things out. I don't want to hand that over... And I was very busy, as you've sort of seen," he said.
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