A group of news organizations has pushed for more openness, which has helped Donald Trump in his efforts to release documents in his classified documents case. People are accusing Trump of illegally keeping classified documents at his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, after leaving the White House in 2021 and repeatedly blocking government efforts to get them back. He is facing dozens of felony charges. The charges against Trump are not true, and he has denied any wrongdoing.
In a motion, Trump’s lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon to order special counsel Jack Smith’s team to hand over a huge amount of documents related to the classified documents case. Smith’s team responded to Trump’s motion, taking into account witness safety, national security, and the Court’s protective order. They said that the government supports full transparency in the records. The filing includes 22 exhibits that can be given to Trump’s team after making certain “noted redactions” to six exhibits that the government wants to keep secret.
Trump’s lawyers argued that Smith failed to demonstrate the necessity of maintaining secrecy or redacting certain documents. Trump’s lawyers argued that news stories about the case, leaks by prosecutors, and the FOIA releases mentioned in Trump’s motions have made many of the possible witnesses he referred to public, revealing some of their government email addresses.
Another group of local and national news media outlets motioned the court to ensure the necessity of the proposed deletions and redactions. The coalition agrees that these records should be open to the public and that the government must provide a strong case for why they should be kept secret, in whole or in part. The coalition wants the court to look over the government’s proposed redactions without being involved with the government to make sure they are as limited as possible. They also want the public to trust the process.