Judge Cannon agrees to hide witness names in Trump classified documents trial

U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon ruled in favor of special counsel Jack Smith’s request to hide the names of witnesses involved in former President Donald Trump’s classified documents case.

The decision marks the end of a monthslong saga after Smith argued that the release of the names could expose them to danger. The identities of many witnesses would have been revealed if Trump was cleared to attach discovery evidence about the witnesses on the public court docket.

“That discovery material, if publicly docketed in unredacted form as the Court has ordered, would disclose the identities of numerous potential witnesses, along with the substance of the statements they made to the FBI or the grand jury, exposing them to significant and immediate risks of threats, intimidation, and harassment,” prosecutors argued in a 22-page February filing.

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