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Federal Authorities Investigate Threats Against Potential Witness in Trump Case

Federal authorities have launched an investigation into a series of online threats directed at a potential witness involved in special counsel Jack Smith’s case concerning classified documents allegedly concealed by former President Donald Trump.

The investigation, detailed in a recent court filing by Smith’s team, underscores the escalating tensions surrounding the high-profile legal battle.

Threats Targeting Potential Witness

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The court filing, submitted late Wednesday in federal court in Florida, outlined the threats made over social media to an unnamed prospective government witness.

Seeking Permission To File Under Seal

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The document sought permission from U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon to file an exhibit under seal, citing the ongoing federal investigation and the risk of disruption posed by disclosing further details.

Concerns Over Public Disclosure

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Smith’s team emphasized the need to safeguard the identity of the targeted witness and requested that the exhibit be fully sealed to prevent any inadvertent disclosure of sensitive information.

They argued that even redacting certain details could potentially provide the suspect with unauthorized access to critical information.

Background of the Legal Dispute

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The filing emerged amid an ongoing dispute between Smith’s team and Trump’s lawyers regarding the redaction of information in court filings.

Extent To Which Details To Be Withheld

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The disagreement revolves around the extent to which certain details should be withheld from public view, reflecting the broader legal maneuvering in the contentious case.

Previous Allegations Against Trump

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Last year, Smith indicted Trump in Florida for allegedly obstructing justice by withholding classified documents from federal authorities.

Trump’s Other Charge


Additionally, Trump faces charges in Washington, D.C., related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

Trump has maintained his innocence and pleaded not guilty in both cases.

Accusations of Witness Intimidation

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In October, Smith’s team accused Trump of intimidating his former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, following reports of Meadows’ cooperation with investigators.

A Veiled Threat

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Trump put a social media post on Truth Social saying “[T]hey are weaklings and cowards, and so bad for the future of our Failing Nation.”

In a subsequent court filing, Smith’s interpret this as trying to “send an unmistakable and threatening message to a foreseeable witness in this case.”

Continued Legal Proceedings

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As the legal battle between Smith and Trump intensifies, the case remains under close scrutiny.

With the investigation into the threats against the potential witness ongoing, the outcome of the dispute and its implications for the broader political landscape remain uncertain.

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