Special counsel Jack Smith has sent the first batch of evidence in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case to Donald Trump’s legal team, according to new court filings Wednesday night.
The filing provides a look into what will be presented, including multiple recordings of the former president — not including the one of him Bedminster at led to Trump’s latest indictment.
Most notably, the filings used the plural word of “interviews” to describe recordings of Trump but it remains unclear what those additional recordings may be. The evidence also includes transcripts of witness testimony in front of the grand juries in Washington, DC, and Florida as well as materials collected via subpoenas and search warrants.
Trump has repeatedly referred to this case as a “witch-hunt” and has denied any and all wrongdoing. The prosecution alleges that Trump repeatedly refused to return hundreds of documents containing classified information from U.S. nuclear secrets to the nation’s defense capabilities back over to the government.
“Defense counsel can contact the government to arrange for an inspection of unclassified items seized at Mar-a-Lago on August 8, 2022,” the filing said.
Trump pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him related to his handling of classified materials. Trump’s team can arrange for inspection of any unclassified items seized during the FBI’s search of Mar-A-Lago in August 2022.
U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon on Tuesday set a tentative trial date for August 14 but it is highly unlikely that the trial will actually begin on that date as both the prosecution and defense teams will sort out other lingering issues.