The Latest Legal Wrangling in Donald Trump's Cases - A Quick Roundup of Monday's Developments

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Keeping track of all the rulings and legal proceedings involving former President Donald Trump at present can be challenging, to say the least. On Monday alone, there were several orders issued, including in the classified documents case pending in the Southern District of Florida, in Trump’s ongoing civil litigation with E. Jean Carroll in New York, and in the 2020 Election case pending in the D.C. District Court. Below is a quick roundup of the day’s developments.


The Classified Documents Case (Southern District of Florida)

In the Florida case, Judge Cannon denied Special Counsel Jack Smith’s motion to file a supplement under seal and set deadlines for the parties to brief the issue as to whether the attorney for Trump’s co-defendant, Walt Nauta, has a conflict of interest in continuing to represent Nauta, noting in her order her expectation that Special Counsel will address the “legal propriety of using an out-of-district grand jury proceeding to continue to investigate and/or to seek post-indictment hearings on matters pertinent to the instant indicted matter in this district.”

The E. Jean Carroll Defamation Case (Southern District of New York)

In the E. Jean Carroll case, Judge Kaplan dismissed Trump’s counterclaim for defamation, which we initially reported on when it was filed in June. (This is in “Carroll I,” the lawsuit regarding comments made in 2019, which has not yet gone to trial, not to be confused with “Carroll II,” the lawsuit regarding comments made in 2022, which went to trial and resulted in a verdict in May.)

The 2020 Election Case (D.C. District Court)

Meanwhile, in the D.C. case, the parties have briefed the issue of the Special Counsel’s motion for a protective order, which seeks to limit Trump’s ability to disclose information provided to his defense team in the course of discovery. Judge Chutkan has now given the parties until Tuesday afternoon to confer and suggest a time for a hearing on the protective order on or before Friday.


Full docket text:
MINUTE ORDER as to DONALD J. TRUMP: Upon consideration of the government’s [10] Motion for Protective Order and Defendant’s [14] Response, as well as the government’s [15] Reply, the court will schedule a hearing on the parties’ respective proposals. The court will waive the requirement of Defendant’s appearance. Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that no later than 3:00 PM on August 8, 2023, the parties shall meet and confer and file a joint notice of two dates and times on or before August 11, 2023 when both parties are available for a hearing. Signed by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan on 08/07/2023. (lcss)

Trump himself will not need to appear at the hearing, but given the timeline set forth in Judge Chutkan’s order, it appears that she intends to rule quickly on the protective order.

Bonchie previously reported on the conditions of Trump’s release in the D.C. matter, noting:

At issue are the terms of the former president’s pre-trial release. After his arraignment in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, the following details were reported.

The prosecution and defense have agreed to conditions of former President Donald Trump’s release: He must not violate federal or state laws; he must appear in court as required; he must sign an appearance bond; and he must not communicate about the facts of the case with anyone Trump knows to be a witness, except through counsel or in presence of counsel.


Copies of the Order Setting Conditions of Release and the Appearance Bond are included below.

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