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Trump Classified Documents Case Delayed Further in Victory for Former President

On Saturday, the judge overseeing the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump ruled that several deadlines can be pushed back further, in another victory for the former president and his team.

Axios reports that the ruling by Judge Aileen Cannon grants a temporary stay on expert disclosures which were originally set for July 8th, as well as the reciprocal discovery by the defense originally scheduled for July 10th. Judge Cannon also set a new deadline of July 18th for Special Counsel Jack Smith and his team to respond to the Trump team’s motion to stay, as well as a request for a supplemental briefing; she gave both sides a deadline of July 21st to respond.

Judge Cannon’s ruling follows a historic ruling by the Supreme Court in late June which reaffirmed that President Trump has sweeping immunity from prosecution over his conduct while in office. The 6-3 ruling by the court’s conservative majority determined that he has absolute immunity for actions that fall within his “conclusive and preclusive” constitutional authority, as well as presumptive immunity for other official acts.

The Supreme Court’s ruling makes it nearly impossible for Special Counsel Smith, as well as Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, to prosecute Trump in their respective cases in Washington D.C., Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia. It also ensures that the cases will not go to trial before the November election, in which Trump is set to face Joe Biden in a rematch of the 2020 election.

President Trump and his team have also successfully delayed his sentencing in his Manhattan conviction; originally scheduled for July 11th, just days before the Republican National Convention, District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Judge Juan Merchan have agreed to reschedule the hearing for September 18th.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: DALLAS, TEXAS - AUGUST 06: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Hilton Anatole on August 06, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. CPAC began in 1974, and is a conference that brings together and hosts conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders in discussing current events and future political agendas. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

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