A federal judge has approved Special Counsel Jack Smith’s request for a protective order on Monday. This order effectively prohibits former President Donald Trump from revealing any sensitive information pertaining to his classified documents case. Its purpose is to prevent Trump and his codefendant, Walt Nauta, from disclosing any details obtained during the discovery process.
Prosecutors plan to present evidence from the investigation into Trump’s post-presidential mishandling of classified documents. He faces 37 criminal charges, including refusal to return important classified information related to nuclear secrets and defense capabilities.
The granted protective order explicitly forbids former President Donald Trump and his codefendant from disclosing any of the discovery materials involved in their classified documents case. These materials encompass confidential and sensitive information, such as personally identifiable details, investigative techniques, and undisclosed specifics regarding potential witnesses.
The materials are vital to ongoing investigations and disclosing them could jeopardize the investigations and put unidentified individuals at risk. Violating this order may result in contempt of court or other penalties. In a previous similar case concerning a alleged hush payment to Stormy Daniels, there were concerns about Trump sharing evidence on social media. It is important to note that Daniels has the freedom to use social media during the trial, where she consistently criticizes Trump, while Trump is unfairly prohibited from responding to Daniels.
Trump has consistently maintained his innocence in both cases.