Jack Smith fights to keep jury questionnaire secret in Trump classified documents case

Special counsel Jack Smith is fighting to seal a proposed questionnaire that will be used to select the jury in the classified records case against former President Donald Trump and two co-defendants, coinciding with a judge’s decision to block defense attorneys’ access to some confidential records obtained from Mar-a-Lago.

Smith’s prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon on Wednesday they are concerned that potential jurors with “strong views” about Trump may attempt to rig the jury selection system by preparing answers if the list of questions becomes public ahead of the trial, which is likely to begin sometime this summer.

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

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