Judge meets privately with DOJ lawyers over Trump classified documents case

Special counsel Jack Smith’s team of lawyers convened privately with the federal judge presiding over Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago classified documents case on Wednesday, seeking to nail down which records are off limits due to sensitive information.

Smith’s team of prosecutors appeared before U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon on Wednesday morning for a hearing to evaluate classified filings by the special counsel, which are being sought by lawyers for the former president and his two co-defendants. In Florida, Trump faces 32 counts of unlawful retention of national defense records and eight additional charges that include making false statements and a conspiracy to obstruct an investigation.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, left, and former President Donald Trump, right. | (AP Photos)

“This hearing shall be conducted on a sealed, ex parte basis in a facility suitable for the discussion of classified information,” Cannon
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