Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks throughout a press convention held at Mar-a-Lago on February 08, 2024 in Palm Beach, Florida.
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Former President Donald Trump arrived at a federal court in Florida on Monday morning for a closed hearing in the criminal case the place he’s charged with taking lots of of classified authorities documents with him when he left the White House.
The hearing earlier than Judge Aileen Cannon will cope with protecting orders associated to classified info contained in these data.
About 30 Trump supporters gathered exterior the Fort Pierce court docket in anticipation of his arrival. They and different members of the general public will not be allowed to attend Tuesday’s proceedings.
Cannon, who was appointed to the federal bench by Trump, is scheduled to listen to from protection attorneys alone from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET, with out the presence of prosecutors from the workplace of Department of Justice special counsel Jack Smith.
Trump can attend the hearing, however his co-defendants in the case, Walt Nauta and Carlos de Oliveira, can’t be there as a result of they lack safety clearance.
Nauta, who’s Trump’s valet, and de Oliveira, who was a upkeep employee at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, are accused of serving to Trump impede justice by attempting to cover the classified documents from authorities officers. The classified data have been stored at that Palm Beach, Florida, membership, the place Trump resides.
“Defense counsel shall be ready to debate their protection theories of the case, in element, and the way any classified info may be related or useful to the protection,” Cannon wrote in an order setting the hearing schedule final week.
Trump’s attorneys are also anticipated to debate their motions for entry to court docket filings underneath the Classified Information Procedures Act.
Later in the day, from 3 p.m. to five p.m., the decide is scheduled to listen to from Smith’s prosecutors their CIPA motions and different objects. Defense attorneys will not be allowed to attend that session.
Cannon has stored her docket clear on Tuesday in case additional proceedings are wanted on the CIPA points.
Trump and the opposite defendants have pleaded not responsible in the case, which is one in all 4 legal instances going through the previous president.
Trump is the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.
Last week, one other DOJ special counsel stated that he wouldn’t criminally prosecute President Joe Biden for retaining a a lot smaller variety of classified data and different materials at his residence in Wilmington, Delaware after he left the workplace of vp in early 2017.
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