Impeached, Donald Trump asks to “drop” his trial in Florida

Donald Trump headed to a Florida court on Thursday to hear his lawyers' request to drop charges against him for casually handling classified documents after leaving the White House.

Judge Eileen Cannon, who is in charge of the case, is holding a one-day hearing at a courthouse north of Miami to hear requests to dismiss proposed by the 77-year-old billionaire's lawyers. The Republican presidential nominee in November pleaded guilty in June to charges of compromising national security by keeping classified documents.

Among these documents, some are “top secret”: information about military programs or even nuclear weapons. After he left the White House in January 2021, they were kept at his private home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, instead of being transferred to the National Archives as required by law. He is also accused of trying to destroy evidence in the case, for which he faces a total of 41 cases.

According to his lawyers, Donald Trump is entitled to the documents under the terms of the Presidential Records Act, and the judge should dismiss his charges. Court documents rejected this argument.

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Jack Smith said Donald Trump “is not authorized to have classified documents (let alone in unsecured locations at Mar-a-Lago).” If he is re-elected, Donald Trump, once he takes office in January 2025, could order a halt to federal proceedings against him.

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