In a Monday press release, the Department of Justice wrote: "Creating a secure location in Trump's residence — which is also a social club — so he can discuss classified information would be an unnecessary and unjustified accommodation that deviates from the normal course of cases involving classified discovery," according to The Hill.
Biden's Justice Department accused the former President of seeking "special treatment" and slammed Trump's legal team's request.
"In making this request for the creation of a secure location for his personal use, Trump continues to seek special treatment that no other criminal defendant would receive. In essence, he is asking to be the only defendant ever in a case involving classified information (at least to the Government’s knowledge) who would be able to discuss classified information in a private residence," the DOJ wrote.
The press release came after Trump's legal team had requested a change of venue to discuss the evidence in the classified documents case to allegedly prevent having to mobilize security. The current discussions are being held at a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF).
While Trump's team did not specifically state they wanted to have the discussions at Mar-a-Lago, the DOJ speculated that to be the case after the former president's attorneys asked to re-establish "the same secure area that existed during President Trump's term as president," according to The Hill.
Trump's team argued that the switch would allow Trump "to discuss the relevant classified information with his counsel without the need to mobilize his security detail and state and local law enforcement every time he has a conversation regarding his defense as it relates to purportedly classified information."
Walt Nauta, Trump's co-defendant who has been charged with obstruction of justice and making false statements, requested to have access to all classified discovery in the case in which the Justice Department also touched on that request.
"The classified discovery in this case goes well beyond the charged documents and includes documents so sensitive that Nauta would not have been permitted to view them even when he possessed a security clearance," DOJ wrote.
"Nauta is charged with obstruction and false statements offenses related to the investigation of Trump’s unlawful retention of classified documents, the resolution of which does not turn on the classification of the documents he is alleged to have helped Trump conceal."
In June, Donald Trump plead not guilty to all 37 federal charges brought against him by Biden's DOJ alleging mishandling of classified documents.
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