Trump Faces Setbacks as Judges Reject Dismissal Bids in Criminal Cases

Julianah Ologunde
By Julianah Ologunde 2 Min Read

Trump Faces Setbacks as Judges Reject Dismissal Bids in Criminal Cases

Former President Donald Trump encountered setbacks on Thursday as judges in the Georgia election interference case and the federal classified documents case refused his attempts to dismiss the charges against him. Despite these rejections, the judges have yet to rule on other dismissal requests put forth by Trump, leaving the possibility of trials in both cases open.

Trump Faces Setbacks as Judges Reject Dismissal Bids in Criminal Cases

 

The criminal cases in Georgia and federal court were initiated by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and special counsel Jack Smith, respectively. While Trump faces legal challenges in these cases, another criminal prosecution related to the 2016 campaign hush money case in New York is set to commence this month.

The pace of the remaining prosecutions remains uncertain, with the likelihood of trials before the November election still undetermined. Trump has employed delay tactics, and the progress of the cases has been prolonged, particularly with the DC case now pending before the Supreme Court to decide whether Trump’s former presidential status grants him immunity.

Trump Faces Setbacks as Judges Reject Dismissal Bids in Criminal Cases

Trump Faces Setbacks as Judges Reject Dismissal Bids in Criminal Cases

In the classified documents case, which is underway in south Florida, US District Judge Aileen Cannon denied Trump’s motion to dismiss based on his claims of authority to possess classified documents after leaving office. While leaving room for Trump to present this argument during trial, Judge Cannon emphasized that Trump’s legal team failed to meet the legal standard required for dismissal.

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Despite being appointed by Trump, Judge Cannon did not express her stance on Trump’s claims under the Presidential Records Act. She rejected a request by the special counsel for an immediate ruling on incorporating the theory into potential jury instructions, deeming it unjust.

Several motions, including further dismissal requests, are still pending for Judge Cannon’s consideration in the classified documents case.

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