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Trump expected back in court for classified documents hearing in special secure Florida facility

Former President Trump is reportedly scheduled to appear in person on Monday at a hearing in the classified documents case against him to be held in a specially equipped secure room in Florida.

President Trump will appear before U.S. District Judge Eileen Cannon during a sealed-off meeting at the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in Fort Pierce, Florida, which is designed for viewing classified documents, ABC News reported, citing the court. ABC News reported that he is scheduled to attend a hearing presided over by Mr. document. But Trump’s co-defendants, aide Walt Nauta and Mar-a-Lago property manager Carlos de Oliveira, will not attend because they do not have the necessary authorization to access classified information. It is believed that

According to a court filing detailing the schedule, Cannon, a lawyer for the Southern District of Florida, on Monday heard from lawyers for Trump, Nauta and de Oliveira about “the theory of defense in the case” and “how the classified information is relevant or useful.” He said he plans to listen to arguments on the matter. Defense,” according to the paper. Special Counsel Jack Smith will then present arguments to Cannon in the absence of Trump’s lawyers. Cannon asked the parties to adjourn Tuesday for further proceedings “as appropriate.”

Lawyers for Mr. Trump and Mr. Smith have frequently disagreed in pretrial hearings over how much of the findings should be redacted in court filings or whether they should be shut off from public view altogether. Mr. Smith filed a motion last week asking Mr. Cannon to reconsider an earlier ruling that required his team to submit a cache of documents to the public docket.

President Trump asks Justice Department to ‘immediately’ drop charges against him in classified documents case after Biden ruling

Former President Trump, 2024 Republican presidential candidate, speaks at the “Get Out the Vote” rally in Conway, South Carolina, on February 10, 2024. (Julia Nihinson/AFP via Getty Images)

In a motion last week, Smith told a judge that federal authorities are investigating a series of online threats made against potential witnesses in a classified documents investigation, and that his team is He then asked for permission to submit evidence.

“The exhibit details the threats and surrounding circumstances made on social media against potential government references, and the fact that those threats are the subject of an ongoing federal investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “I have explained it to you,” he said. said the filing. “Revealing the details and circumstances of the threat could confuse the investigation.”

Trump told Fox News Digital last week that Smith would “immediately” drop all charges in the classified records case, following President Biden’s decision not to prosecute him for possessing classified national security documents. He said it was necessary.

Jack Smith before speaking out about Trump's indictment

Special Counsel Jack Smith arrives and speaks about the recently unsealed indictment containing four felonies against former President Trump, August 1, 2023 in Washington, DC. Trump was charged with four felonies for allegedly trying to overturn the 2020 election. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report was released last week. Mr. Xu did not recommend criminal charges against Mr. Biden for improper handling and storage of classified documents, and said he would not bring charges against Mr. Biden even if he was not in the Oval Office.

White House condemns Hur report: ‘unwarranted and unwarranted criticism of the president’

These records include classified documents related to Afghanistan’s military and foreign policy, including records related to national security and foreign policy, which are classified as “classified sources and methods.” Hoare said he was involved in the.

The Hur report raised further concerns about Biden’s age and mental capacity, as the special counsel found significant inconsistencies in the 81-year-old president’s memory.

Walt Nauta exits SUV at Miami courthouse

Former President Trump’s personal aide Walt Nauta arrives at the Alt Lee Adams Sr. U.S. Courthouse in Fort Pierce, Florida, on August 10, 2023. (Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Trump was indicted from the Smith investigation related to his possession of classified materials. Mr. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all 37 felonies in the Smith investigation. Charges include knowingly retaining national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and making false statements.

Trump, the 2024 Republican front-runner, was later indicted on an additional count of knowingly retaining national defense information and two additional counts of obstruction as part of an indictment superseding the Smith investigation. Mr. Trump has maintained his innocence.

President Trump's estate manager appears in court

Mar-a-Lago employee Carlos de Oliveira arrives for his court appearance at the James Lawrence King Federal Judiciary Building in Miami on July 31, 2023. (Wilfried Lee/Associated Press)

The trial is scheduled to begin on May 20th.

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President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, Florida, was raided by the FBI in August 2022. Federal agents seized documents and records dating back to the Trump era.

FOX News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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