Some of the material that federal prosecutors are apparently planning to provide to the defense team of former President Trump relates to ongoing criminal investigations and may be used to “identify” specific people in the cases.
According to the New York Times, prosecutors requested a protective order on the material and Trump’s attorneys did not oppose it.
Some of the records, according to the complaint, dealt with “ongoing probes” and contained data that might be used to “identify uncharged people.”
There was no indication as to what the “ongoing investigations” included or whether the documents were part of the 31 sets of national defense records that Trump was accused of keeping after being repeatedly urged by the administration to surrender them.
Trump nomination Judge Aileen Cannon, who is in charge of the case in the Southern District of the state of Florida, ruled this week that the legal representatives for Trump’s campaign must begin the process of obtaining security clearances so they may access the case’s sensitive papers.
Some of the files obtained by investigators, according to CBS News investigations reporter Catherine Herridge, went “way beyond top secret” documents.
“When talking about sensitive compartmentalized information, Special Access Programs, or SCI, as she put it, some of them go much beyond top secret,” she noted. “These truly are the gems of the American intelligence community.”
The indictment claimed that among the documents federal investigators seized from Trump were “classified records he kept in his boxes,” which “included data pertaining to defense and arms capacity of both the U.S. and other nations; United States nuclear initiatives; possible weaknesses of the United States and its partner nations to military, attack; as well as plans for probable retaliation in reaction to a foreign attack.”
Thirty-one of the 37 felony charges against Trump involve the deliberate retention of sensitive national defense information. Conspiracy to obstruct justice, hiding records or documents via corruption, and making false statements are further offenses.