The lawyers of the former President Donald J. Trump has requested the judge on Thursday to reject the government’s plea to take Mr. Trump to trial in early January and instead postpone the proceedings until April 2026, which is nearly a year and a half after the 2024 elections. The former President is charged with seeking to overturn the 2020 election.
The lawyers stated that the extraordinary delay was required because of the historic nature of the case and also the huge volume of evidence they will have to sort through, which is as much as 8.5 terabytes of materials, totaling over 11.5 million pages, they wrote in a filing to Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, who is overseeing the case.
In a bit of legal showmanship, Gregory M. Singer, the lawyer who wrote the brief pointed out that 11.5 million pages if stacked on top of one another would be “taller than the Washington Monument, stacked on top of itself eight times,” and this would still leave a million pages aside.
Trump’s aggressive request to postpone the trial in Federal District Court in Washington, which is common practice for him as he has pursued the same in all criminal cases against him, was followed by a similar proposal made last week by the prosecutors in the office of Jack Smith, special counsel, to get the case in front of the jury by the first week of 2024.