WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) – U.S. Particular Counsel Jack Smith on Friday requested a federal choose to delay the beginning of former President Donald Trump’s trial on expenses of willful retention of labeled authorities data and obstruction of justice till Dec. 11, a court docket submitting confirmed.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Decide Aileen Cannon set an preliminary trial date of Aug. 14.

However Smith, within the submitting, mentioned the Aug. 14 date “would deny counsel for the defendant or the lawyer for the Authorities the cheap time needed for efficient preparation.”

Trump, who’s looking for the Republican nomination for president for the 2024 election, was arraigned in federal court docket in Miami final week, throughout which he pleaded not responsible to expenses he unlawfully saved nationwide safety paperwork when he left workplace and lied to officers who sought to recuperate them.

The case might want to proceed beneath a strict and meticulous algorithm set forth in a regulation generally known as the Categorised Data Procedures Act, which goals to guard labeled proof and handle how such data will be disclosed.

Within the submitting, Smith mentioned the beginning of the trial must be delayed so Trump’s legal professionals have time to get safety clearances to evaluation labeled paperwork.

Smith laid out a schedule within the lead as much as the proposed Dec. 11 begin of jury choice, together with a Sept. 5 deadline for all protection discovery requests.

He mentioned Trump’s legal professionals don’t oppose scrapping the Aug. 14 trial begin date however he anticipates they may file a movement opposing the prosecution’s proposed schedule. A lawyer for Trump didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Modifying by Dan Whitcomb, Sandra Maler and Jacqueline Wong

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