Jack Smith seeks to hide witness names in Trump documents case due to ‘threats’

Special counsel Jack Smith is asking the judge presiding over former President Donald Trump‘s criminal classified documents case to reconsider a ruling that would publicly disclose witness identities and their testimony, citing online threats that are now under federal investigation.

Smith asked U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon on Thursday to block Trump from attaching discovery evidence about the witnesses on the public court docket in the case, which concerns Trump’s alleged improper retention of classified records at his Florida resort home, Mar-a-Lago.

Special counsel Jack Smith speaks to the media about an indictment of former President Donald Trump on Aug. 1, 2023, at an office of the Department of Justice in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

“That discovery material, if publicly docketed in unredacted form as the Court has ordered, would disclose the identities of numerous potential witnesses,
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