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Special Counsel Jack Smith proposes new date for Trump classified records trial

Special Counsel Jack Smith and former President Trump’s lawyers have proposed a start date for the trial stemming from an investigation into Trump’s alleged improper retention of classified records.

In a filing Thursday night, the special counsel proposed that the trial begin on July 8. The trial was originally scheduled to begin on May 20, ahead of the Kentucky primary on May 21, the Oregon primary on May 25, and the New Jersey primary in June. Four.

Mr Trump’s lawyers had proposed an August 12 start date for the trial, but in their filing they said that because Mr Trump is a leading Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential election, “a constitutionally fair trial should be held this year. It cannot be carried out.”

Smith’s motion came a day before the case’s next trial date, which Eileen Cannon, the U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, who is overseeing the case, said could delay the trial date.

Former President Donald Trump (left) and Special Counsel Jack Smith. (Getty Images)

If Trump wins the Republican nomination, the proposed date would mean the trial would begin days before the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. The tournament is scheduled to be held from July 15th to 18th.

Meanwhile, Smith’s proposal comes a day after the Supreme Court announced it would consider granting Trump immunity from prosecution in another federal election interference case.

The trial was scheduled to begin March 4 in Washington, D.C., but has been put on hold pending a Supreme Court ruling. A decision is expected in mid-June.

This is a developing story. Please check back for the latest information.

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