The trial of Donald Trump has been tentatively set for August 14, 2023, per CNBC. This comes as a judge in Florida has reportedly told former President Donald Trump’s lawyers to not release evidence relating to the classified documents case to the media or public.
The order comes after prosecutors asked the court to put specific conditions on how the defense stored and used the documents, per Reuters. As a result, US Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart put strict conditions on Trump’s ability to access the materials.
"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," the order said, which was filed on Monday.
It also stated that Trump was not allowed to “retain copies” and that he may only review the materials “under the direct supervision of Defense Counsel or a member of Defense Counsel’s staff,” per the report.
The order comes after the former president was indicted on federal charges earlier this month, which required him to appear in a federal court in Miami. He has been accused of illegally keeping classified government documents after his exit from the White House. He has also been accused of obstructing a federal probe of the case.
Trump pleaded not guilty to all 37 counts.
However, Trump defended his position during an interview with Fox News on Monday, saying that the boxes also contained personal belongings that he needed to sort through.
“Before I send boxes over, I have to take all of my things out. These boxes were interspersed with all sorts of things. I was very busy, as you’ve sort of seen.”
Though Trump has claimed that the boxes contained personal items, the Justice Department has stated that the boxes in question contained highly classified documents, including a strategy for attacking Iran.
Despite his legal battles, Trump is still leading the 2024 GOP primary polls. Richard Baris, of Big Data Polls, told Jack Posobiec of Human Events that it was a losing strategy for other GOP candidates to bank on Trump going to jail.Baris went on to say that Trump is a candidate that more than 80 percent of the Republican party still “beloves.” According to data gathered by RealClear Politics, Trump is leading Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the second-place GOP candidate, by almost 33 points.
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