The Justice Department filed a motion in federal court on Friday to silence former President Donald Trump, who was arraigned on a 37-count indictment in Miami earlier in the week.
Trump has been indicted in connection with an investigation into his management of classified documents by special counsel Jack Smith. Trump has described the allegations as political and without merit, and he has publicly argued that he had the authority to possess them under the Presidential Records Act.
In its filing, however, the Department of Justice seeks to prevent Trump from “publicly disclosing any of the evidence that his legal team will be granted access to as they prepare to defend him against prosecution in the federal classified documents case,” according to The Epoch Times.
After Smith’s legal team requested a protective order, the presiding judge referred the case to U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who approved the search warrant during the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence last year.
The publication stated further:
According to Smith’s motion for a protective order, among the materials that prosecutors will pass over to Trump’s attorneys is information about ongoing investigations, “the disclosure of which could compromise those investigations and identify uncharged individuals.”
It also states that the documents contain “sensitive and confidential information,” such as information that could be used to identify individuals and investigative techniques.
The requested protective order prohibits Trump and his co-defendant Walt Nauta, who served as Trump’s presidential attendant, from disclosing any sensitive information obtained by their attorneys during the discovery phase. Prosecutors are required to provide defense teams with the evidence garnered during their investigation as part of the legal process.
“Defendants shall only have access to Discovery Materials under the direct supervision of Defense Counsel or a member of Defense Counsel’s staff,” the filing reads, per The Hill.
“Defendants shall not retain copies of Discovery Material. Defendants may take notes regarding Discovery Materials, but such notes shall be stored securely by Defense Counsel,” it adds.
The filing also states that Smith met with the legal representatives of Trump and Nauta, and no objections to the protective order were voiced by either party, according to the reports.
In a separate case involving an alleged hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, a judge in New York City issued a gag order restricting Trump’s ability to discuss the matter on social media platforms and at political rallies.
Trump then returned to his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he addressed a crowd and launched a vitriolic attack against the Justice Department, Smith, and other federal officials. In his speech, he referred to Smith as a “unrestrained Trump hater” and accused the special counsel of prejudice and selective prosecution in his case.
“There was an unwritten rule” to not prosecute former presidents and political rivals, Trump his supporters.
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