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Judge Dismisses Documents Case Against Trump
Judge Dismisses Documents
Case Against Trump

Judge Dismisses Documents Case Against Trump

Special counsel promises appeal after Aileen Cannon gives former president a huge victory

(Newser) - Donald Trump has just scored another huge legal victory. A federal judge on Monday dismissed the case against him that he illegally kept classified documents upon leaving the White House, reports Politico . In what the New York Times describes as a "stunning" decision, Judge Aileen Cannon ruled that special...

Separate Thomas Opinion Has Big Implications

Justice questions authority of Jack Smith, who also is handling classified documents case

(Newser) - Clarence Thomas joined the Supreme Court's bombshell majority opinion on Monday in favor of Donald Trump on the question of presidential immunity . The opinion focused on allegations that Trump illegally tried to undo the results of the 2020 election, but Thomas wrote a separate concurring opinion that could help...

Judge to Reconsider Issues in Trump Documents Case

Judge will take up matters involving attorney-client privilege, search of Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - The federal judge overseeing the classified documents case against Donald Trump said Thursday she'll revisit a past court victory for the prosecution in a hearing, a move that at a minimum will further delay the start of trial . US District Judge Aileen Cannon's ruling says she'll reconsider...

Jack Smith's Team Makes New Request in Mar-a-Lago Case

Prosecutors want Trump barred from making remarks that could endanger law enforcement

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors on Friday asked the judge overseeing the classified documents case against Donald Trump to bar the former president from public statements that "pose a significant, imminent, and foreseeable danger to law enforcement agents" participating in the prosecution. The request to US District Judge Aileen Cannon follows a...

FBI Answers Trump Claim He Could've Been Shot

Fundraising email misconstrues wording of policy intended to limit the use of force

(Newser) - Donald Trump included a false claim in a fundraising email this week that President Biden had authorized the FBI to shoot him when agents searched his Florida estate for classified documents in 2022—though the agency had intentionally chosen a day for the raid when the former president wouldn't...

Trump Documents Trial Postponed Indefinitely

Judge Aileen Cannon scraps May 20 start date

(Newser) - Donald Trump's federal classified documents case has been postponed indefinitely, meaning it is unlikely to conclude before the November election. In a court order Tuesday, US District Judge Aileen Cannon canceled the trial's May 20 start date and did not set a new one. Cannon, a Trump appointee,...

FBI Code Name for Trump Documents Probe Was a Doozy

'Plasmic Echo' sounds like a prog-rock band name

(Newser) - It's no secret that law enforcement agencies often assign code names to various cases to keep them as hush-hush as possible, but one used for the investigation into Donald Trump's handling of classified documents is a bit of a head-scratcher. The Hill reports that the FBI deemed the...

Judge Denies Trump Bid to Toss Documents Case

Federal judge Aileen Cannon rejects argument he was within his rights to keep them

(Newser) - A federal judge refused Thursday to throw out the classified documents prosecution against Donald Trump, turning aside defense arguments that a decades-old law permitted the former president to retain the records after he left office, per the AP . Lawyers for Trump, in asking for the case to be tossed out,...

Jack Smith Fires Off Warning to Judge in Trump Docs Case

Special counsel hits at 'fundamentally flawed' jury instructions, threatens oversight

(Newser) - After toying with the idea that the classified documents allegedly taken and concealed by President Trump might've been his personal records, US District Judge Aileen Cannon has received an unusual "direct challenge" from special counsel Jack Smith, the Washington Post reports. Indeed, in Tuesday's filing , Smith makes...

Trump: I'll Testify I Didn't Order Any Tapes Destroyed

Former president denies Mar-a-Lago allegation in 'Meet the Press' interview

(Newser) - Former President Trump says he's willing to testify under oath that he didn't order staffers to destroy surveillance tapes at Mar-a-Lago. In an interview with Meet the Press that airs Sunday, Trump denied prosecutors' allegations that he ordered the tapes destroyed to cover up his handling of classified...

Mar-a-Lago's Ex-IT Chief Will Testify Against Trump: Report

Yuscil Taveras reportedly signs deal to avoid prosecution in classified documents case

(Newser) - A former attorney for the Mar-a-Lago ex-employee who flipped against his onetime boss , former President Trump, has revealed more about what allegedly went down. The former head of IT at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, identified by media outlets as Yuscil Taveras, has agreed to testify as a witness for the...

DOJ: After 180 on Testimony, Employee Implicated Trump

DOJ says Trump employee switched lawyers and immediately retracted prior testimony

(Newser) - Lawyers in the classified documents case against former President Trump say that one of Trump's employees, a potential witness in the case, changed his grand jury testimony to be more incriminating for Trump. The witness, described in court documents only as Mar-a-Lago's director of information technology, has been...

Mar-a-Lago's Property Manager Enters Plea

Carlos De Oliveira denies 4 charges in classified documents case

(Newser) - Mar-a-Lago's property manager pleaded not guilty Tuesday to four charges in former President Trump's classified documents case. Carlos De Oliveira, 56, is accused of conspiring with Trump to keep boxes of documents from being returned to the federal government, including through the attempted deletion of security footage . The...

New Charges: Trump, Employee Tried to Destroy Video Evidence
Trump, Valet Enter Plea
in Documents Case

Trump, Valet Enter Plea in Documents Case

They plead not guilty; arraignment of new defendant, Mar-a-Lago property boss, postponed

(Newser) - Donald Trump aide Walt Nauta appeared in a federal courtroom on Thursday to plead not guilty to charges in a superseding indictment in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case. Trump also entered a plea of not guilty to charges, including new allegations that he tried to delete security footage, but he...

Mar-a-Lago Worker Makes First Court Appearance

Carlos De Oliveria is accused of scheming with Trump to try to delete security footage

(Newser) - The property manager of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate made his first court appearance on Monday on charges in the classified documents case against the former president but did not enter a plea because he has not found a Florida-based attorney to represent him. Carlos De Oliveira is accused of...

Trump: I'm Running Even If I'm Convicted, Sentenced

Former president also reacts to new charges in Mar-a-Lago classified documents case

(Newser) - Early Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump talked up the "productive meeting" he said his legal team had had that morning with the DOJ, which had many buzzing about a possibly soon-to-come indictment in special counsel Jack Smith's probe of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, per the Hill . That indictment...

Trump Has a Trial Date in Classified Documents Case

Judge sets trial for May 2024

(Newser) - A federal judge in Florida has scheduled a trial date for next May for former President Trump in a case charging him with illegally retaining hundreds of classified documents, reports the AP . The May 20, 2024, trial date, set Friday by US District Judge Aileen Cannon, is a compromise between...

Judge Signals Trump Trial Won't Start in December

But does not indicate when classified documents trial might begin

(Newser) - A federal judge signaled Tuesday that December may be too soon to begin former President Trump's landmark criminal trial concerning the mishandling of classified documents, but did not say whether she would agree to Trump's request to put the trial off until after the 2024 election , the AP...

'Nearly Impossible' to Prep for a December Trial: Trump Team

Attorneys file to have trial for classified documents case pushed until after 2024 election

(Newser) - Donald Trump once argued that he couldn't be investigated while he was still president for crimes he may have committed. Now, the former commander in chief has tweaked that murky policy to include not being tried for crimes while he's running for president, asking for a delay of...

Trump Valet Walt Nauta Pleads Not Guilty

Assistant is accused of moving boxes of classified documents

(Newser) - Former President Trump's valet, Walt Nauta, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he helped Trump hide classified documents from federal authorities, appearing with a new Florida-based lawyer to represent him as the case moves forward. Nauta was charged alongside Trump in June in a 38-count indictment alleging the...

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