Judge scrutinizes Trump’s requests to dismiss classified documents case

A federal judge pressed former President Donald Trump‘s attorneys on Thursday during a hearing about their arguments that his classified documents case in Florida should be dismissed.

Judge Aileen Cannon showed skepticism at times toward Trump’s defense team while Trump himself sat quietly in the Fort Pierce courtroom listening, according to multiple reports.

Cannon had scheduled the hearing to cover two of Trump’s motions in particular: one to dismiss his charges based on the Presidential Records Act and the other to dismiss the charges based on “unconstitutional vagueness.” Cannon denied the latter motion shortly after the hearing concluded.

Special counsel Jack Smith charged Trump last year with willfully retaining national defense information, alleging the former president illegally stored classified material at his Mar-a-Lago residence after he left office. Smith also accused Trump of obstructing
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