Judge’s ruling hints at major delay in Mar-a-Lago documents case

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Joe Biden is banking on the court system to defeat Donald Trump.

But Biden’s faith may be misplaced.

Because a judge just handed Donald Trump the victory that Democrats feared the most.

Democrats and members of the media consider the sham trial over Trump keeping classified documents at Mar-a-Lago to be the strongest case against Trump.

That Democrats view this obvious set-up by the government – Trump’s lawyers uncovered substantial evidence that the Biden administration colluded with partisan librarians at the National Archives to bring this case about – to be the best is a terrible commentary on the partisan shams and affronts to the rule of law that the other three indictments represent.

Judge Aileen Cannon scheduled a May 20, 2024, trial date and was not happy over the fact that Biden prosecutor Jack Smith and his team sandbagged her, getting Obama Judge Tanya Chutkan to agree to schedule the 2020 election case in D.C. to start on March 4, 2024.

In arguments before the court Smith claimed the D.C. trial would take two months meaning it would wrap up just days before the Mar-a-Lago case was set to begin.

Smith wants these trials to take place before the election because Democrats believe winning a criminal conviction against Trump – even if it’s in a rigged trial in front of a Democrat judge and all-Democrat jury – is their political saving grace and the only way Joe Biden can defeat Trump.

Holding both trials before in the first half of the 2024 election gave Smith the best chance to carry out the Democrat Party’s political goals.

Trump’s lawyers filed a motion to delay the trial until after the election on the obvious grounds that it violates Trump’s right to put together a legal defense by stacking the two trials up on top of one another.

In a blockbuster ruling Cannon agreed to delay the pretrial motion schedule, but kept the May 20, 2024, trial date in place for now.

However, Cannon agreed to revisit the start date on March 1, 2024.

In her ruling, Cannon chastised the Biden Department of Justice for downplaying the amount of classified documents the defense needed to sift through as part of the discovery process and how Smith misled both the court and Trump about the volume of documents.

“[T]he quantity of discovery in this case remains exceedingly voluminous, even more so than initially thought. To be sure, the Special Counsel has taken various steps to produce discovery on a regular basis. But even with these efforts, discovery has increased sizably from initial estimates,” Cannon wrote.

Cannon also noted that Alvin Bragg planned to put Trump on trial in late March 2024 on his bogus and politically motivated charges wondering how Trump was supposed to prepare for all these trials at once.

“[The] Court cannot ignore the realities of pretrial and trial schedules in two other criminal matters identified by defense counsel,” Cannon added.

“Although the Special Counsel is correct that the trajectory of these matters potentially remains in flux, the schedules as they currently stand overlap substantially with the deadlines in this case, presenting additional challenges to ensuring Defendant Trump has adequate time to prepare for trial and to assist in his defense,” Cannon concluded.

During oral arguments, Cannon asked one of Smith’s prosecutors if he could come up with one instance of the Department of Justice putting a defendant on trial in back-to-back cases.

Smith’s prosecutor couldn’t name one example.

That’s because the Department of Justice never took it upon itself to act as the campaign manager for an incumbent president to try and jail his top political rival.