Judge Challenges Special Counsel’s Secrecy Plea in Trump’s Classified Documents Case

In a recent court order, Judge Aileen Cannon challenged Special Counsel Jack Smith’s bid for secrecy in the case involving former President Donald Trump’s classified documents.

Judge Cannon, a Trump appointee, rejected Smith’s extensive plea to conceal FBI interview details. The dispute centers on the release of Walt Nauta’s 2022 FBI interview, a day before a key hearing.

Nauta and Carlos De Oliveira face accusations of obstructing justice by moving sensitive materials. While Cannon agreed to anonymize certain witness identities to protect them from potential reprisals, she denied broader censorship requests.

Despite some concessions, Cannon remains critical of Smith’s approach. The trial’s start delays, combined with Trump’s plea for dismissal over prosecutorial misconduct, suggest a potential extended legal battle.

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