A potential government witness The Mar-a-Lago classified documents case They received online threats against former President Donald Trump that are now under federal investigation, special prosecutor Jack Smith said in a new lawsuit.
Smith asked U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon for permission to file the evidence under seal until the federal investigation is closed or resolved by court order.
“The exhibit details threats made over social media to prospective government witnesses and surrounding situations, and the fact that those threats are the subject of an ongoing federal investigation led by the US Attorney’s Office,” Smith wrote. In a petition filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
He added that “revealing the details and circumstances of the threats could disrupt the investigation.”
The special prosecutor said nothing short of sealing the exhibit “would be sufficient to protect the integrity of the investigation” because, even with redacted names, details of the exhibit “could reveal investigative techniques, further endanger the victim, and/or provide information.” a suspect who is otherwise ineligible.”
Smith has not released any information about potential witnesses or threats she received on social media.
Attorneys for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
In another case brought by Smith against Trump, for election interference, Judge Tanya Chutkan applied. gag order on the former president after he publicly targeted her, as well as the special prosecutor in the case and other prosecutors and potential witnesses.
There was a fight He is scheduled to appear in court in May, but the date can be pushed back. A conference scheduled for March 1 has been set.
Trump faced several criminal charges in the caseincluding willful withholding of national defense information, false statements and representations, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and corruptly concealing documents. He pleaded not guilty to the announced charge.