Brian Greer, a former CIA attorney, predicted the case will go on for months because of the sensitive nature of the classified documents in question.
“It’s going to be very difficult to bring a case like this to trial within the year, given the highly sensitive classified information at issue,” he told The Hill.
Greer also suggested Trump might want to drag out the case.
“Plus, Trump is going to seek every delay possible. If Judge [Aileen] Cannon goes along with these delaying tactics, we’ll be looking at a trial in 2025 at the earliest,” he added.
The case against Trump includes 37 counts alleging mishandling of classified documents and obstruction of justice. Trump has pleaded guilty to all 37 federal charges and blasted the prosecution as “election interference.”
“This is the Thug, over turned consistently and unanimously in big cases, that Biden and his CORRUPT Injustice Department stuck on me,” Trump said, referring to special counsel Jack Smith, who is leading the prosecution.
“They taint everything that they touch, including our Country, which is rapidly going to HELL!”
Trump previewed his legal defense during an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baeir on Monday, arguing that many of the boxes he took from the White House included personal belongings.
Trump said he refused to send the boxes to National Archives and Records Administration until he had time to take his “things out.”
“Before I send boxes over, I have to take my things out,” he told Baier. “These boxes were interspersed with all sorts of things.”
Another potential strategy Trump’s team might use in court is to push for the court to order the declassification of all material relevant to the DOJ’s charges against him.
“They will want to put pressure on the government to have to declassify as much information as possible for trial,” Greer told The Hill.
“If Trump’s lawyers get the court to rule that any document that he is charged with has to be declassified in order to be used at trial, it might cause the Department of Justice to rethink some charges.”