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Judge issues prosecutors a setback in the first significant order after considering the Trump documents

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According to reports, a federal court denied a plea to expedite the sharing of evidence with the defense on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the prosecutors who indicted former President Donald Trump over his alleged misuse of confidential documents.

According to court documents, Judge Aileen Cannon denied special counsel Jack Smith's request to demand a response from Trump's legal team over a protective order for withholding classified evidence, noting a "lack of meaningful conferral" between the parties.

Attorneys for Donald Trump Christopher Kise, Todd Blanche, and Stanley Woodward, who is defending the former president's valet Walt Nauta, appeared in court alongside prosecutors Jay Bratt, David Harbach, and Julie Edelstein.

On June 8, Smith filed a 37-count indictment against Trump for inappropriately storing boxes containing secret materials in a ballroom, bathroom, bedroom, office, and storage room in the basement of his Mar-a-Lago resort, and for lying to his attorneys and federal officials about doing so.

Charges against the defendants in the 49-page indictment filed by the special counsel include willful retention of national security information, conspiracy to obstruct justice, withholding of documents, corrupt concealment of documents, concealment of documents during a federal investigation, plotting to conceal documents, and making false statements.

Trump's bodyguard Nauta, who used to work for him in the White House, was also charged with six counts of conspiring with the former president, withholding information, concealing it through corruption, planning to conceal it, and lying to federal investigators.

The former president's legal team will require security credentials to handle some evidence, according to Smith's office, which asked Cannon this month to advance the trial date to December 11. Most publicly available information has already been disclosed.

Smith's team requested "an expedited schedule [for] any objections to the proposed protective order," according to court documents, after Trump's defense team last week objected to clauses in a protective order that allowed the exchange of secret data.

Blanche and Kise stated in a document on June 13 that they had fulfilled all requirements for security clearances "with one exception" and were "coordinating with the Litigation Security Group" at the Department of Justice.

In response to a request for a phone call between the parties on July 14, the prosecution claimed that Trump's attorneys were "filing this motion now to avoid further delay."

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