Trump’s Lawyers Seek Access to Classified Evidence in Mar-a-Lago Trial under ‘Secured Setting

29 July, 2023 | Don Tomslee

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Trump has pleaded not guilty to 37 federal charges related to the mishandling of the classified documents

According to a report by The Hill, former President Donald Trump is embroiled in a legal battle to gain access to classified evidence in the Mar-a-Lago trial outside of the usual secure setting, challenging standard protocol. The case revolves around accusations of mishandling classified records during his tenure as President.

Prosecutors faced difficulties in obtaining an order that defines guidelines for how the defendants and their attorneys should handle classified material in the case. They revealed that Trump’s insistence on reviewing the classified material outside a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF), where such reviews typically occur for highly classified documents, has become a point of contention.

In response to the challenge, Federal District Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed by Trump, called for a second meeting between the involved parties to find a resolution on how to handle the secret evidence in the trial.

It is noteworthy that Judge Aileen Cannon had previously managed court procedures related to the FBI’s investigation of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, which brought her into the public eye last year.

New charges brought against Trump

The case against Trump involves new charges filed by US Special Counsel Jack Smith. The former President is accused of directing his aides to have a staffer delete camera footage at his Florida estate, the Mar-a-Lago resort, in the summer of 2022, with the alleged intent to obstruct the investigation into the mishandling of classified documents.

The new charges brought against Trump include one additional count of willful retention of national defense information and two additional obstruction counts. Moreover, the Special Counsel also filed new charges against Trump’s aide, Walt Nauta, and added a new defendant, Mar-a-Lago maintenance employee Carlos De Oliveira, to the case, as reported by CNN.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to 37 federal charges related to the mishandling of the classified documents, which reportedly occurred after he left the White House and they were taken to the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

The outcome of this legal battle is likely to draw significant attention, considering its implications on handling classified evidence in high-profile cases, and the impact it may have on the broader context of the Mar-a-Lago trial.