Closed hearings begin on evidence of secret Trump documents


Closed hearings began Monday to consider the extent of access to the evidence Mar-a-Lago secret documents case Against the former president Donald Trump.

US District Judge Eileen Cannon met with Trump’s defense team in the morning in federal court in Fort Pierce, Florida, and then with special counsel prosecutors in the afternoon.

A convoy of black SUVs with tinted windows arrived outside the courthouse Monday morning, escorted by law enforcement. The motorcade departed shortly after 2 p.m. Eastern time.

Trump confirmed in a campaign fundraising email that he would attend the hearing in person after the head of the St. Lucie County Republican Party Executive Committee said one of Trump’s lawyers told him the former president would be there. NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach reported.

NBC News has reached out to the Trump campaign and the St. Lucie County Republican Party for comment.

Special counsel Jack Smith, who is prosecuting Trump in the secret documents case, asked Cannon last week to reconsider the order to disclose the documents, arguing that it poses a danger. “Important and immediate” Threatening more than twenty witnesses.

The special counsel’s lawyers are seeking to block Trump’s lawyers’ requests for unredacted documents. Arguing that Cannon incorrectly applied a legal standard When ordered to open items. On Friday, the judge postponed her preliminary order.

The attorney’s own filing cited a document containing “information about possible unindicted obstructive conduct by the defendant, and speculation about witness tampering by an unindicted individual.” Prosecutors said the witness did not agree to a recorded interview.

On Tuesday morning, Cannon will hold a closed-door hearing with the special counsel’s office and attorneys for Trump’s co-defendants, Walt Nauta and Carlos de Oliveira, regarding confidential discovery and access information, according to a court filing Monday night. The hearing will be held at the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF.

Trump is not required to attend Tuesday’s hearing, but his lawyers are allowed to attend. Nauta and de Oliveira are not allowed to attend.

previous president He faces multiple criminal charges In this case, including intentional retention of national defense information, false statements and representations, conspiracy to obstruct justice, withholding a document or record, and corruptly concealing a document. Trump’s legal team is Seeking charges They were dismissed and face a Feb. 22 deadline to file pretrial motions.

Trump and two other defendants – his personal assistant Nauta and de Oliveira, a worker at Mar-a-Lago – have pleaded not guilty to charges related to the former president’s alleged mishandling of classified documents in Trump’s possession.

The case is scheduled to go to The trial is in Maybut Canon may postpone it during a scheduling conference scheduled for March 1.

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