FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) – Former President Donald Trump arrived Monday morning at a federal courthouse in Florida for a closed-door hearing in his criminal case accusing him of mishandling classified documents.
The hearing was scheduled to discuss procedures for handling classified evidence in the case, which is currently scheduled for trial on May 20. Trump faces dozens of counts accusing him of hoarding highly classified files at his Mar-a-Lago estate and obstructing the FBI’s efforts to recover them.
U.S. District Judge Canon Aileen expects to hear arguments from defense attorneys in the morning and those from prosecutors in the afternoon, each without the other’s presence.
“Defense attorneys should be prepared to discuss in detail their defense theories about the case and how any classified information might be relevant or helpful to the defense,” Cannon wrote when scheduling the audience.
Trump’s motorcade arrived at the Fort Pierce courthouse shortly after 9 a.m.
The hearing is one of several voluntary court appearances Trump has made in recent weeks — he was present, for example, during appeals court arguments last month in Washington — as he seeks to demonstrate to his supporters that he intends to fight the four criminal proceedings he has initiated. while seeking to win back the White House next November.
Tucker reported from Washington.