The former president of the United States donald trump He went to a federal court in the state of Florida this Monday to attend a closed-door hearing in the case of mishandling top-secret government documents.
The judge of the case, Aileen Cannonsummoned the defense of the former president (2017-2021) and the members of the Prosecutor’s Office to address how access to classified evidence in the case was going to be treated.
trump and his delegation arrived in the morning at the Fort Pierce court, about 200 km north of Miami (southeast), where a group of followers were waiting for them with banners of support for their campaign to contest the November elections. The 77-year-old Republican politician left the judicial facilities shortly after 2:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. GMT).
Last year, trump He pleaded not guilty to illegally retaining classified documents at his Florida residence in Mar-a-Lago and hindering the FBI’s efforts to recover them.
To prepare the case, his lawyers want to obtain access to classified evidence held by the Prosecutor’s Office, something the latter opposes, alleging that it is too sensitive material.
“Defense attorneys should be prepared to discuss their defense theories of the case, in detail, and how any classified information might be relevant or useful to the defense.“Cannon wrote in the court document in which he called the hearing.
The judge heard the defense arguments until early in the afternoon, before receiving the Prosecutor’s Office, also behind closed doors.
The start of this trial is scheduled for May 20. Along with Trump, the administrator of the Mar-a-Lago complex, Carlos de Oliveira, and the former president’s personal assistant, Waltine Nauta, will sit in the dock.
In the last weeks, trump He appeared in hearings of several of the cases opened against him.
His judicial problems do not seem to stop at the moment his aspiration to return to the White House with a victory in the presidential elections in November. On the contrary, Trump is the great favorite to lead the Republicans in those elections.
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