Former President Trump Prohibited from Using Phone During Review of Trial Documents

A federal judge, Tanya Chutkan, has ordered that former President Donald Trump is not allowed to have any electronic devices, including his phone, while he reviews discovery documents in the Department of Justice’s case against him concerning the January 6 Capitol riot. The judge’s decision stems from concerns about Trump’s past behavior of unlawfully retaining sensitive materials.

Prosecutor Tom Windom, representing special counsel Jack Smith’s office, pointed out Trump’s proclivity for holding onto materials he shouldn’t possess. This reference seems to be linked to a previous indictment related to Trump’s alleged hoarding of classified documents.

Trump’s lawyer raised concerns about the defense’s constant supervision requirement while Trump examines sensitive documents. As a compromise, Trump is now permitted to independently review the materials, but electronic devices are prohibited from being present.

The case revolves around allegations that Trump played a role in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and attempted to overturn the 2020 election results. Judge Chutkan’s ruling emphasizes the necessity of safeguarding sensitive evidence and preventing any mishandling or unauthorized sharing during the trial preparation process.

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