Joe Biden couldn’t believe it.
The Democrats’ carefully crafted plan to wage lawfare against Donald Trump in the 2024 election blew up in their faces.
And Donald Trump was jumping for joy when a judge handed him this huge victory.
The media, Democrats, and reportedly even Donald Trump’s legal team believe the Mar-a-Lago document case is the most serious of the politically motivated indictments against Trump.
Judge Aileen Cannon set an initial trial date of May 20, 2024, which pleased Democrats as they figured this was a rock-solid chance to secure a conviction against Trump before the election, but still late enough that it couldn’t get overturned on appeal.
But this is the only case where Trump drew a fair judge – since Trump lived in Florida at the time Smith alleged Trump illegally kept classified documents, Smith couldn’t indict Trump in a Democrat stronghold and ensure an Obama judge ran the case – so Smith’s obviously heavy-handed and illegal tactics are coming under actual scrutiny.
During what is known as a “Garcia hearing” for Trump’s valet and co-defendant Waltine Nauta, Judge Cannon tore into Smith’s prosecutors for trying to bend the law in their favor.
In a “Garcia hearing” a defendant is made aware of any potential conflicts of interest his lawyer may have so he can decide if he wants to proceed or select new counsel.
Here, Nauta’s lawyer Stanley Woodward previously represented Mar-a-Lago IT worker Yuscil Taveras.
Taveras originally said he never heard anyone discuss deleting surveillance camera footage of the area where Trump kept his boxes of documents, but changed his testimony after he took on a government-funded public defender.
Woodward called out Smith’s team for raising new arguments about a conflict of interest that they didn’t include in the legal brief submitted prior to the hearing.
“Prosecutors on special counsel Jack Smith’s team raised fresh objections Thursday over whether Woodward should be allowed to question a key witness in the case. But Woodward told the judge that the prosecutors should have raised their arguments in court filings ahead of the hearing so he could discuss them with his client,” POLITICO reported.
This set off Cannon who was furious that the prosecution introduced new arguments in a surprise attack on the defense.
“Cannon, who was clearly angry, agreed and called prosecutors’ arguments a ‘last-minute introduction,’” the POLITICO report continued.
And to top it all off, Cannon postponed the hearing which further throws in doubt the ability of the government to begin the trial as expected on May 20, 2024.
Given that the GOP nomination will be over by that point and Trump could be the nominee heading into the general election, it is likely that Cannon would then agree to Trump’s request to delay the trial until after the vote.
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