Classified Clash: Trump’s Courtroom Battle Over Presidential Records


Former President Donald Trump waves to supporters as he leaves federal court, Thursday, March 14, 2024, in Fort Pierce, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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In Fort Pierce, Florida, former President Donald Trump was in a courtroom as his legal team contended that the federal case against him for mishandling classified documents should be dismissed. The argument hinged on the Presidential Records Act, saying that it allows Trump to classify certain documents as “personal.”

The hearing, pivotal in nature, also sought to determine the access applicability to Trump’s actions in taking materials to Mar-a-Lago. Special counsel Jack Smith presented at the hearing, countering Trump’s defense and maintaining that presidential records cannot simply be deemed personal to circumvent legal accountability.

The overseeing judge, Aileen Cannon, is a Trump appointee. Trump has pled not guilty to multiple felony charges, including unauthorized retention of national defense information and obstruction of justice.

His trial is set to start in May but Judge Cannon has indicated a postponement.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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