Special Counsel Jack Smith doesn’t want six documents that are part of Donald Trump’s federal classified materials case to be given to his lawyers. The federal government says Trump illegally kept classified documents after leaving the White House in January 2021 and fought efforts to give these papers back to the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Trump has pleaded not guilty to 40 of these charges. In August 2022, FBI agents broke into Trump’s private members club, Mar-a-Lago, and took several secret documents with them.
The lawyers for Trump filed a motion arguing against the prosecutors’ claims that the former president’s papers were not properly locked up. They also asked for access to a number of documents, such as messages between the prosecutors’ team and some of President Biden’s close friends. Smith said he didn’t mind if many of the documents were made public, but some would need to be redacted first. But six of them had to “remain sealed in full.”
The papers Smith wants to keep secret are called Exhibits 2, 51, 61, 67, 68, and 69. Trump’s team asked to see the first three of these papers. Smith agreed that Trump’s team can see another 22 exhibits after some “noted redactions” are made. He also said that 16 of the exhibits would be sent over right away.
The trial for Trump’s classified documents is supposed to start on May 20, but the Republican front-runner wants it pushed back until after the elections in November. If Trump wins again before the trial, he might try to have the charges dropped.