Glenn Kirschner, a legal analyst and former federal prosecutor, suggests that if Donald Trump’s request to delay his classified-documents case in Florida is granted, it could potentially pave the way for his other criminal cases to proceed to trial ahead of the presidential election via Newsweek.
Trump is facing numerous legal issues as he campaigns for a second term in the White House, and a few of the cases against him are set to go to trial before the November 2024 election. The first of these cases is Trump’s federal election subversion case, which is scheduled to begin on March 4.
The ex-president, who maintains innocence in all 91 felony charges spread over four criminal indictments against him, has pleaded to push his trial dates until after next fall.
The requests have been dismissed in several cases, although Trump may get his wish in Florida, where presiding federal Judge Aileen Cannon—a Trump appointee who has faced accusations of being biased toward the former president—has agreed to revisit the trial schedule set for the investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents after leaving the White House.
That indictment, brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith, is slated for court in May.
While speaking with progressive political commentator Brian Tyler Cohen on Thursday, Kirschner, a staunch Trump critic, said it is likely that the former president’s trial date set in Florida will be delayed by Cannon, but added that doing so could “screw” over Trump, given that it may allow prosecutors in Georgia—where Trump is facing a sprawling racketeering case in which he’s accused of attempting to overturn the state’s 2020 election results—to get their desired trial date.
“Judge Cannon may have been trying to help Donald Trump out a little bit, [but] she may have put him right in the soup,” Kirschner said during an episode of Cohen’s podcast.