On Wednesday, a federal judge granted a protective order in the Mar-a-Lago matter, permitting the dissemination of classified evidence as the Justice Department charges former President Trump with improperly managing government secrets.
The directive from Judge Aileen Cannon doesn’t address Trump’s appeal to assess those papers by converting a portion of his residence into a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF). The order predominantly employs standard phrasing seen in protective orders related to classified matters. It stresses that “any unauthorized leak or incorrect handling of classified data might be a breach of federal criminal laws.”
Furthermore, the directive prevents Trump from publicly speaking about the classified evidence involved in the case. It clarifies that even if classified details “become public knowledge,” they cannot be referenced unless they’ve been officially communicated by the government.