| 19 April 2024, Friday |

US judge orders Trump lawyers not to release evidence in documents probe

According to a court filing, a U.S. judge in Florida on Monday ordered defense counsel for former President Donald Trump not to divulge evidence in the classified materials case to the media or the public.

The order, issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, also imposed stringent restrictions on Trump’s access to the information.

“The Discovery materials, along with any information derived therefrom, shall not be disclosed to the public or the news media, or disseminated on any news or social media platform, without prior notice to and consent of the United States, or approval of the Court,” the order issued on Monday stated.

It also specified that Trump “shall not retain copies” and that he may only review case materials “under the direct supervision of Defense Counsel or a member of Defense Counsel’s staff.”

The order granted a motion filed last week by prosecutors who had asked the court to put conditions on how the defense stores and uses the documents.

Trump, who is the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, was indicted on federal charges earlier this month. He was accused of illegally retaining classified government documents after leaving the White House and then conspiring to obstruct a federal probe of the matter.

  • Reuters