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Florida Judge Sets Sealed Hearing to Protect Classified Material in Criminal Case Against Former President Donald Trump

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Florida Federal Judge to Hold Sealed Hearing on Classified Material in Trump Case

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Judge Orders Sealed Hearing on Classified Material

A federal judge in Florida has announced that she will be conducting a closed-door hearing to discuss prosecutors’ request for the protection of classified material in the criminal case against former President Donald Trump. The purpose of this hearing is to address sensitive security-related issues related to classified discovery, according to Judge Aileen Cannon’s written order.

Although the specific details regarding the time and location of the hearing have not been disclosed in the order, it is mentioned that Trump and his co-defendants, Walt Nauta and Carlos De Oliveira, are not required to attend.

Charges Against Trump and Co-defendants

The charges against Trump, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, are centered around his alleged retention of classified government records after leaving the White House. It is further alleged that he attempted to conceal the fact that he had stored these documents in boxes at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach.

Trump’s co-defendants, Nauta (his valet) and De Oliveira (a Mar-a-Lago maintenance worker), are accused of participating in the cover-up. All three defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prosecutor’s Request for Special Secured Locations

Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is leading the prosecution against Trump, has requested that Judge Cannon order that discussions involving classified information be limited to special secured locations known as SCIFs (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities).

However, Smith opposes Trump’s suggestion of constructing a SCIF at Mar-a-Lago or any of his other residences for this purpose. In a recent court filing, Smith criticized the idea, stating that Trump is seeking preferential treatment that no other defendant would receive. He argued that allowing discussions of classified information in a private residence would be unprecedented in cases involving classified information.

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