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Judge in classified documents case rejects Trump’s request to delay May trial date

A federal judge on Friday declined former President Donald Trump’s request to postpone the May start date of the trial in the special counsel’s classified documents case.

Judge Aileen Cannon in a new court filing Friday did leave open the possibility of pushing back the trial date at a later date, saying she will consider the issue when the parties meet for a March 1 scheduling conference.

The decision comes after Cannon heard arguments last week on Trump’s request to delay the trial.

The judge had paused pre-trial litigation on the use of some classified materials as she weighed the request from Trump over the timing of the trial. The defense had asked for an extension of several months, citing delays in accessing legal materials for the case. 

Cannon had announced in July that the trial would begin on May 20 in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Trump, the Republican frontrunner in the 2024 presidential race, faces several criminal and civil cases and has argued for delaying the trial in Florida due to the conflicting scheduling demands.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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