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Trump’s Legal Team Challenges Handling of Classified Documents in Florida Case, Advocating for Attorney Access Amidst Special Counsel Jack Smith’s Proposal

In a recent development related to the classified documents case in Florida involving Donald Trump, his legal team filed a motion urging Judge Cannon to reject the proposed handling of materials put forth by Special Counsel Jack Smith.

The filing by Trump’s lawyers challenges Smith’s team’s bid to delete specific classified items without granting access to Trump or his lawyers. Notably, Trump’s legal team is specifically requesting access for the lawyers and not for Trump himself.

Judge Cannon, who faces accusations of attempting to disrupt multiple trials involving Donald Trump, must make a critical decision on whether to accept Smith’s proposal, As reported by Raw Story on Thursday, December 7, 2023,

In their court filing, Trump’s legal team leveraged his former presidential office to strengthen their argument against the special counsel’s request. They highlighted the security clearances granted to President Trump and his legal counsel, emphasizing that the volume of classified discovery produced so far does not warrant exclusive proceedings.

The court filing stated, “Given the security clearances that have been extended to President Trump and counsel, and the volume of classified discovery produced to date, there is no case-specific reason for ex parte proceedings.”

The filing further expressed skepticism towards vague national security concerns and cited cases by the Special Counsel’s Office, particularly in light of the development of legal precedents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), habeas proceedings, and motions to suppress Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) evidence.

National security attorney Bradley Moss highlighted the significance of Trump’s team filing a motion seeking attorneys-only access to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) CIPA section 4 filing. Moss emphasized that this motion pertains to classified details that the DOJ intends to have deleted.

The legal proceedings underscore the complexity of handling classified information in a high-profile case involving a former president. The arguments put forth by Trump’s legal team focus on transparency and access to information for lawyers involved, challenging the necessity of exclusive proceedings given the existing security clearances. As the case unfolds, it raises questions about the balance between national security concerns and the right to information in legal proceedings.

Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.


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