Trump Finds Out Who Will Be Testifying Against Him in Federal Classified Docs Case
According to reports on Wednesday, former President Donald Trump has learned who government prosecutors will ask to testify against him in the case regarding the alleged improper handling of secret data.
The revelation stemmed from the Justice Department’s release of “grand jury testimony of witnesses who will testify for the government at the trial of this case” as part of the pre-trial discovery phase.
Nonetheless, neither a particular list of the witnesses nor a description of their grand jury testimony was included in the DOJ’s brief.
A federal judge overseeing the case on Monday barred the former president from making public any information provided to his legal team by federal prosecutors.
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“The Discovery Materials, along with any information derived therefrom, shall not be disclosed to the public or the news media, or disseminated on any news or social media platform, without prior notice to and consent of the United States or approval of the Court,” Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart noted in his order.
In addition, the order stated that Trump and his legal team also are not allowed to disclose any of the material, due to the sensitivity of its contents, in “any public filing or in open court without notice to, and agreement from, the United States, or prior approval from the Court.”
Also, the defense attorney has been told to retain all of the documents in their possession in a safe place. Additionally, it mandates that all materials must be either returned to the US government or totally destroyed within 90 days of the case’s conclusion.
It is expressly forbidden for the defendants to keep any copies of the content. They may, however, take notes on the information as long as they are safely stored, according to the Daily Wire.
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Trump pleaded “not guilty” in federal court to 37 counts brought by special counsel Jack Smith. If he is found guilty on all counts, Trump — who is President Joe Biden’s chief rival in next year’s presidential election — could face decades in prison.
But last week, a former Trump attorney argued that the case may not even get to trial due to prosecutorial misconduct.
Timothy Parlatore claimed that the case has basic weaknesses during an interview on “The Ingraham Angle,”, particularly with regard to the grand jury procedure and violations of attorney-client privilege. Parlatore asserted that he thinks this might lead to the dismissal of the entire case.
Parlatore said Trump’s attorneys should “attack the conduct of the entire investigation and show through death by a thousand cuts why this entire investigation is irreparably tainted by government misconduct,” adding: “The case, therefore, should be dismissed or, at a minimum, the prosecutor should be disqualified.”
Here’s a partial transcript:
TIMOTHY PARLATORE: You know, litigating these types of cases against DOJ, as I usually do, this team acted so radically different from every professional U.S. Attorney’s office that I’ve ever dealt with. They’ve shown no regard whatsoever for attorney-client privilege. And it’s more than just the issue of Evan Corcoran. I went before the grand jury myself, not subpoenaed, I went in voluntarily… They wanted to hear about the searches that we did for additional documents. They wanted some staffer from Mar-a-Lago to go down who wasn’t going to be able to really talk about it, so I voluntarily went in because as a criminal lawyer, the opportunity to speak directly to the grand jury, I wanted that opportunity.
45 separate times. I can’t make that number up. I actually counted, 45 separate times, they asked me about my conversations with my client, and at one point we kept getting into this fight because they kept implying, “Oh, you’re keeping this from the grand jury. You won’t let them know this.”
LAURA INGRAHAM: Oh, my God. I mean, this just upends all of the attorney-client privilege ethics rules that I ever learned in law school.
TIMOTHY PARALTORE: It does. And I believe this case, there’s going to be serious litigation in the pretrial stage over prosecutorial misconduct by this team, which could entirely upend this case.
We may never get to a trial, and we may never actually have to address any of the substantive issues because of the misconduct of Jack Smith and his team.