Trump lawyers and the DOJ are in closed court Thursday related to the Mar-a-Lago investigation


Former President Donald Trump’s legal defense team and prosecutors handling the investigation into the Mar-a-Lago documents are in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday morning in a secret dispute related to the unprecedented investigation.

CNN saw lawyers — including Trump’s James Trusty, Evan Corcoran and Lindsey Halligan, as well as prosecutor Julie Edelstein and several other Justice Department officials familiar with the case — in a sealed proceeding before Chief Justice Beryl Howell. court on Thursday.

The hearing appears to be still ongoing and the appearance in Washington is notable because this legal team usually appears in court in Florida or New York when investigating the documents.

The development is the latest sign of prosecutors trying to move forward with their investigation into President Trump’s handling of documents after he leaves office.

Trump’s lawyers declined to tell reporters at the scene why they were in court.

While challenges to Trump’s August Mar-a-Lago search and seizure were before Florida judges, a federal grand jury in Washington, DC, appears to be handling the criminal investigation into obstruction of justice and mishandling of records, including national ones. security secrets

Trump’s close adviser Kash Patel, appointed to work with his records after the presidency, appeared before this grand jury two weeks ago and took the Fifth Amendment, refusing to answer questions, a sign that prosecutors are continuing to build their case, CNN reported. .

In addition, the Justice Department is still demanding that any sensitive records that may be in Trump’s possession be returned to the federal government.

At least some of those battles to secure the return of more documents are part of an under-seal court proceeding, CNN previously reported.

Howell, of the U.S. District Court in D.C., handles disputes that typically arise in connection with grand jury proceedings, which are kept confidential.

One possible solution to the issue Trump’s lawyers are responding to in the Mar-a-Lago investigation could be for the Justice Department to issue an order to a judge forcing the Trump team to work with the DOJ, according to CNN. to report