Trump’s attorneys and the DOJ met Thursday in a sealed-bid hearing regarding the Mar-a-Lago investigation.
Former President Donald Trump’s legal defense team and federal prosecutors appeared Thursday in a sealed hearing that was tied at least in part to the Justice Department’s ongoing requests to ensure that all documents marked classified have been returned to the federal government, CNN has learned.
It was the first appearance in a DC federal courthouse by Trump’s legal team that primarily handles the investigation of the Mar-a-Lago documents.
The full scope of the two-hour hearing with Chief Justice Beryl Howell is unclear.
CNN spotted the lawyers — including James Trusty, Evan Corcoran and Lindsey Halligan for Trump, and Attorney Julie Edelstein and several others from the Justice Department who are known to be on the case — heading for sealed proceedings before Howell.
The development is the latest sign that prosecutors are trying to move forward with their investigation into the Trump presidency’s handling of documents after his departure.
Trump’s attorneys declined to tell reporters on site why they were at the courthouse.
Although Trump’s challenges to the August search and seizure of Mar-a-Lago have gone to judges in Florida, a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., appears to be handling the criminal investigation into the obstruction of justice and poor management of cases, including national ones. security secrets.
Close Trump adviser Kash Patel, who is assigned to work with his cases after the presidency, already appeared before this grand jury two weeks ago and took the Fifth Amendment, refusing to answer questions, another sign that prosecutors continue to build their case, CNN reported. .
Additionally, the Justice Department has demanded that any sensitive documents that may still be in Trump’s possession be returned to the federal government.
At least part of that battle to get any other documents returned is part of a sealed legal proceeding, CNN previously reported.
Howell of the US District Court in DC generally handles litigation related to grand jury proceedings, which are kept secret.
This story has been updated with additional developments.