Trump participates in a private meeting regarding classified documents case.

On February 12, 2024, former President Donald Trump and special counsel Jack Smith will present arguments in closed-door hearings regarding the use of classified evidence in the federal case against Trump in Florida. Trump’s defense team, along with the defense teams of his co-defendants Walt Nauta and Carlos de Oliveira, will present classified information to Judge Aileen Canon, while Nauta and de Oliveira will not be present due to lack of clearance. The charges against Trump include the unlawful retention of national defense information and obstruction of the federal probe, to which all defendants have pleaded not guilty. These types of cases often require closed-door hearings under the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA) to discuss sensitive evidence that will be used at trial. The judge has ordered both sides to discuss their theories for trial and how classified information may be relevant to the defense. Prosecutors typically try to limit the use of classified records in court to protect sensitive government information. This hearing comes amidst ongoing disputes between Smith, Cannon, and the defense over access to classified records. Last week, Cannon ruled in favor of Trump and his co-defendants being able to file public motions that may contain protected information, despite objections from Smith’s team citing safety concerns for witnesses. A media coalition, including CBS News, has also filed a motion to release this information.  

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