The DOJ indictment includes images of classified documents found at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago residence.
Federal prosecutors on Monday former President Donald Trump said he was seeking “special treatment that other defendants would not receive” in criminal lawsuit accusing him of keeping classified documents at his Florida club after leaving the White House.
Prosecutors told a judge that Trump does not have the right to review or discuss any type of information in the case at a newly constructed sensitive compartmented information facility in one of his homes, as he has requested.
“Creating a secure location at Trump’s residence — which is also a social club — so that he can discuss classified information is an unnecessary and unreasonable accommodation that deviates from the normal course of cases involving classified discovery. ,” prosecutors wrote in a filing with the US District. Court in Southern Florida.
“In essence, he is asking to be the only defendant in a case involving classified information (at least to the knowledge of the Government) who can discuss classified information in a private residence,” the filing said.
The filing said the proposed protective order sought by prosecutors “reflects standard procedures for handling classified information in criminal cases and is consistent with the law.”
Trump, “on the other hand, is seeking special treatment that no other criminal defendant would receive and that is not supported by law or precedent,” prosecutors wrote.
Trump pleaded not guilty in the case, in which he was also accused of trying to hide from government officials boxes of records he kept at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach.
Prosecutors said in their filing, “And of course, the Mar-a-Lago Club is less suited than most residences to host a secure location, because it is a social club.”
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