Looming decisions set to shape Trump classified documents case

A pile of pending decisions in the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump in Florida is set to have an enormous impact on the future of the case and whether a trial featuring the presumptive Republican presidential nominee will occur during critical months of an election year.

Trump and special counsel Jack Smith, who has charged the former president with willfully retaining national defense information, are awaiting a decision by Judge Aileen Cannon on several pivotal matters, including a trial start date and whether the charges against Trump should be dropped altogether.

Cannon has not at this stage answered perhaps the most burning question, which is when the trial might begin, and she has given no indication of when her decision could come.

Prosecutors have asked for a July 8 start date, whereas Trump’s attorneys have said
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