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Prosecutors Seek to Safeguard Witnesses in Trump Classified Documents Case

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In response to former President Donald J. Trump’s legal team seeking permission to disclose the identities of several witnesses involved in the criminal case accusing him of illegally retaining classified documents, prosecutors have urged a federal judge to shield these witnesses’ identities, citing potential risks if revealed prematurely.

In court documents filed late on Thursday night, prosecutors highlighted a well-documented pattern of threats, harassment, and intimidation directed at judges, agents, prosecutors, and witnesses involved in cases related to Trump.

They argued that disclosing the witnesses’ names before the trial could subject them to “intolerable and needless risks.”The request to protect witness identities followed a prior request by Trump’s legal team to Judge Aileen M. Cannon, who is overseeing the case, seeking permission to name witnesses in recent court filings related to discovery evidence arguments.

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Despite Trump’s request, Judge Cannon ruled in favor of disclosure, allowing the witnesses to be identified. Expressing dissatisfaction with Judge Cannon’s decision, the government, working under the special counsel Jack Smith, filed a response on Thursday night.

The response accused Judge Cannon of making a “clear error” and urged her to reconsider, emphasizing the potential risks involved and advocating for the continued protection of over two dozen witnesses’ identities.

This legal maneuvering underscores a growing sense of frustration on the part of prosecutors as they navigate the complexities of the case overseen by Judge Cannon. The debate over witness identity protection adds another layer of contention to an already high-profile and politically charged legal battle involving a former president.

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