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China Says Man Bought Military Secrets for 85 Cents

Military employees who were supposed to shred documents sold them to recycling center

(Newser) - A military history buff in China appears to have made an alarming discovery after picking up four discarded books for less than $1 at a neighborhood recycling station: They were confidential military documents. The country's Ministry of State Security told the story in a social media post on Thursday,...

Judge Rejects Jack Smith's Request for Trump Gag Order

This one is out of the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case

(Newser) - The judge in Donald Trump's classified documents case has rejected a request from special counsel Jack Smith for a gag order on the former president. Smith's team argued that Trump was putting law enforcement agents in danger by falsely suggesting that agents executing a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago...

Jack Smith's Team Makes New Request in Mar-a-Lago Case

Prosecutors want Trump barred from making remarks that could endanger law enforcement

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors on Friday asked the judge overseeing the classified documents case against Donald Trump to bar the former president from public statements that "pose a significant, imminent, and foreseeable danger to law enforcement agents" participating in the prosecution. The request to US District Judge Aileen Cannon follows a...

Trump Documents Trial Postponed Indefinitely

Judge Aileen Cannon scraps May 20 start date

(Newser) - Donald Trump's federal classified documents case has been postponed indefinitely, meaning it is unlikely to conclude before the November election. In a court order Tuesday, US District Judge Aileen Cannon canceled the trial's May 20 start date and did not set a new one. Cannon, a Trump appointee,...

Leaker of Military Secrets Could Face Court-Martial

And if convicted, Jack Teixeira could face several more years in prison

(Newser) - Jack Teixeira could face more than just a recommended 16 years in prison in connection with one of the biggest intelligence leaks in years. The Massachusetts Air National Guard member—who was convicted of leaking classified documents that ranged from assessments of Russia's war in Ukraine to capability reports...

FBI Code Name for Trump Documents Probe Was a Doozy

'Plasmic Echo' sounds like a prog-rock band name

(Newser) - It's no secret that law enforcement agencies often assign code names to various cases to keep them as hush-hush as possible, but one used for the investigation into Donald Trump's handling of classified documents is a bit of a head-scratcher. The Hill reports that the FBI deemed the...

Jack Smith Fires Off Warning to Judge in Trump Docs Case

Special counsel hits at 'fundamentally flawed' jury instructions, threatens oversight

(Newser) - After toying with the idea that the classified documents allegedly taken and concealed by President Trump might've been his personal records, US District Judge Aileen Cannon has received an unusual "direct challenge" from special counsel Jack Smith, the Washington Post reports. Indeed, in Tuesday's filing , Smith makes...

Trump Loses Attempt to Toss Classified Documents Case

He has similar motions still in play, and in New York, a delay in hush-money case is possible

(Newser) - This file has been updated with the judge's decision on a motion to dismiss. Donald Trump's legal travails had two notable developments on Thursday:
  • Classified documents: In Florida, the former president looked on in court as his lawyers urged a federal judge to dismiss the case accusing him
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Air National Guard Member May Get 17 Years Over Leak

Under plea deal, Jack Teixeira faces at least 11 years in prison

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. Massachusetts Air National Guard member Jack Teixeira pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to leaking highly classified military documents about Russia's war in Ukraine and other national security secrets. Teixeira pleaded guilty to six counts of willful retention and transmission...

Trump Has a Big Hearing in Documents Case Today

His lawyers have proposed an August trial date

(Newser) - Former President Trump currently only has a firm trial date for one of the four criminal cases against him but that is expected to change Friday. US District Judge Aileen Cannon is holding a hearing in Florida in the classified documents case and Trump's lawyers, after months of pushing...

Trump's Lawyers Want Classified Docs Case Dismissed

Legal team cites presidential immunity in calling for Mar-a-Lago case to be dismissed

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump's legal team filed multiple motions Thursday night urging a Florida judge to dismiss the criminal case charging him with illegally retaining classified documents, claiming in part that presidential immunity protects him from prosecution—an argument they have already submitted to the US Supreme Court in...

Special Counsel Won't Charge Biden, Uses 'Elderly' Reference

In classified docs case, he says president presented himself as 'an elderly man with a poor memory'

(Newser) - President Biden won't face criminal charges over his handling of classified documents . The special counsel handling the case said Thursday that he will not seek prosecution of Biden, though he did criticize the president, reports Politico . The misdeeds took place when Biden was a private citizen, after he finished...

Release of Biden Classified Documents Report Is Imminent

President is not expected to face charges following special counsel probe

(Newser) - Outlets including the Washington Post are confirming reports that President Biden will face criticism but not charges in the special counsel investigation into his handling of classified documents. The Justice Department is expected to release Robert Hur's report within days, as early as this week. Intelligence officials have spent...

Air Force Punished 15 People Over Leak

Inspector general says multiple security failures led to alleged Jack Teixeria leak

(Newser) - The massive classified documents leak by an Air Force service member earlier this year was made worse by the intentional failure of multiple officials to take required action on his suspicious behavior, the Air Force inspector general reported Monday. Massachusetts Air National Guard member Jack Teixeira is accused of leaking...

Good News for Biden in Classified Docs Probe

President not expected to face charges, though he may get a tongue-lashing

(Newser) - President Biden will face "harsh criticism" but no criminal charges over his handling of classified documents, according to a Wall Street Journal report. It meshes with CNN 's reporting that, following a year-long investigation, special counsel Robert Hur will issue a report "expected to be critical of...

Judge Ponders Delay of Trump Documents Trial

Judge Aileen Cannon to set new schedule, which could push trial until after 2024 election

(Newser) - A federal judge in Florida on Wednesday raised the possibility of delaying former President Trump's classified documents trial until after the 2024 presidential election, when Trump might be able to escape the charges altogether. US District Court Judge Aileen Cannon initially set a trial date of May 20 , but...

Biden Sits for Interview in Special Counsel Investigation

Voluntary interview took place over 2 days at the White House

(Newser) - Almost nine months after a special counsel was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate President Biden's handling of classified documents from his time as vice president, Biden has been interviewed in the investigation. The interview took place Sunday and Monday at the White House and a source...

Trump Allegedly Told Nuclear Sub Secrets to Aussie Billionaire

Federal prosecutors have since interviewed Anthony Pratt

(Newser) - Former President Trump allegedly shared classified information about US nuclear submarines with a billionaire Australian businessman who then went on to share the information with more than a dozen other people, according to sources who spoke to ABC News and the New York Times . Anthony Pratt, a member of Trump'...

New Trouble for Ex-CIA Worker in Biggest Classified Info Theft

Joshua Schulte now also convicted of possessing child sexual abuse images

(Newser) - A former CIA software engineer already convicted in the biggest theft of classified information in CIA history was convicted Wednesday on charges of possessing child sexual abuse images, the AP reports. A jury returned its verdict in Manhattan federal court against Joshua Schulte after prosecutors presented proof that Schulte had...

Mar-a-Lago's Ex-IT Chief Will Testify Against Trump: Report

Yuscil Taveras reportedly signs deal to avoid prosecution in classified documents case

(Newser) - A former attorney for the Mar-a-Lago ex-employee who flipped against his onetime boss , former President Trump, has revealed more about what allegedly went down. The former head of IT at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, identified by media outlets as Yuscil Taveras, has agreed to testify as a witness for the...

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