Trump's lawyers request secure facility at Mar-a-Lago to discuss classified documents
Driving the news: Trump's attorneys argued in the filing that there are "immense practical and logistical hurdles and costs that make it virtually impossible for [Trump] to make regular trips to a public facility to discuss classified discovery material with counsel ... to conduct a defense consistent with the rights afforded by the Constitution."
- The former president's legal team asked the federal judge overseeing the classified documents case to reestablish the special facility that Trump used while president.
- "Re-establishing the same secure area that existed during President Trump's term as President of the United States is a secure, efficient, and cost-effective way for these conversations to take place in a fully secure environment," his attorneys wrote in the filing.
The big picture: Trump was indicted in June in the criminal investigation into his handling of classified documents after leaving office. He was also charged last month in a superseding indictment with a new count of retaining classified material.
- The request comes as Trump's legal team has been sparring with federal prosecutors over a proposed protective order in the criminal case relating to his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election, according to a filing.