Trump’s legal team is requesting a judge to delay the upcoming trial concerning the former president’s alleged mishandling of classified documents after leaving the White House.
“The government’s request to begin a trial of this magnitude within six months of indictment is unreasonable, telling, and would result in a miscarriage of justice,” they wrote in the brief.
“The Government appears to favor an expedited (and therefore cursory) approach to this case,” they added.
Trump’s attorneys also argue the trial will hinder the former president’s campaign abilities.
“The Court now presides over a prosecution advanced by the administration of a sitting President against his chief political rival, himself a leading candidate for the Presidency of the United States,” the filing reads.
“Therefore, a measured consideration and timeline that allows for a careful and complete review of the procedures that led to this indictment and the unprecedented legal issues presented herein best serves the interests of the Defendants and the public.”
The Justice Department has requested a Dec. 11 trial date. Judge Aileen Cannon had earlier set an initial August trial date, which the filing also asks her to withdraw.
The filing from Trump’s attorneys also notes the magnitude of the unclassified discovery swiftly turned over after Trump’s arraignment, including more than 800,000 pages.
Attorneys for Trump’s co-defendant Walt Nauta, Trump’s valet who was spotted on security camera footage moving boxes in and out of a Mar-a-Lago storage room, also signed onto the filing. Last week, Nauta pleaded not guilty in a Miami courtroom. (RELATED: Trump Valet Pleads Not Guilty in Mar-A-Lago Case)