The former president is facing criminal charges over his handling of classified materials.
Former President Donald Trump arrived at a federal courthouse in Florida on Feb. 12 for a closed hearing in his case involving classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.
The hearing, held in Fort Pierce, is taking place in a secure Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, which is used for the review of classified materials.
U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon will separately hear arguments from President Trump’s attorneys and the Justice Department’s Special Counsel Jack Smith—outside of each other’s presence—regarding the procedures for handling classified evidence in the case.
“Defense counsel shall be prepared to discuss their defense theories of the case, in detail, and how any classified information might be relevant or helpful to the defense,” the judge wrote in scheduling the hearing.
President Trump’s defense team will make their arguments in the morning, to be followed by Mr. Smith in the afternoon.
The former president’s motorcade arrived outside the courthouse just after 9 a.m. The hearing marks the latest in a string of court appearances he has made in his various legal cases being tried up and down the East Coast.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.