Mar 11, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Judge rejects media's request for records in Mar-a-Lago grand jury dispute

Donald Trump speaks at  CPAC Washington, D.C.

Former President Trump speaks at CPAC Washington, D.C. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

A federal judge denied a bid Saturday from media outlets to receive access to the records connected to a fight over compliance with a grand jury subpoena for the classified documents stored at former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.

Driving the news: Judge Beryl Howell, of the U.S. District Court in Washington, said in the ruling that revealing the records would invade the secrecy of the grand jury.

  • News outlets requested to receive "motions, memoranda, exhibits, opinions, orders, hearings, hearing transcripts, and other judicial records" in connection to a grand jury compliance battle, according to the ruling, published by Politico.

Context: Back in December, news organizations tried to gain access to a proceeding between Howell and Trump's lawyers that was reportedly tied to contempt proceedings over Trump's compliance with the Mar-a-Lago documents investigation, per Politico.

  • Howell denied journalists entry to the hearing.

Flashback: In February, Howell similarly rejected a similar bid by Politico and The New York Times to unseal court documents from a grand jury investigation into the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol, per The Hill.

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