Judge Orders Trump Case Ban In Last-Minute Ruling

Last Tuesday, Donald Trump appeared in a Miami federal courtroom where he was arraigned on 37 counts related to the classified documents he took with him when he left office, the Washington Post reported.

Trump appeared in court with his co-defendant Walt Nauta, who was also named in the Justice Department’s indictment.

The day before Trump’s arraignment, US District Judge Cecilia Altonaga of the Southern District of Florida ruled that reporters attending last Tuesday’s hearing would not be permitted to bring electronic equipment, including cell phones, into the courthouse, the New York Post reported.

In her ruling, Judge Altonaga said those entering the courthouse would be searched for cell phones and other devices. The judge said anyone violating the order could face up to 30 days in jail and a fine of $5,000.

Trump pleaded not guilty to all 37 counts.

US Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman said he would order Trump not to have any contact with witnesses during the course of the case.

When Trump’s attorney Todd Blache objected, arguing that the witnesses include people who work on Trump’s security detail and staff, Judge Goodman relented somewhat, saying that Trump should refrain from discussing the facts of the case with any witnesses.

This condition was also imposed on Walt Nauta.

Neither Trump nor Nauta was required to surrender his passport as the prosecutor in the case said the government did not believe either is a flight risk.

Walt Nauta, Trump’s longtime valet, did not enter a plea at Tuesday’s hearing as he still did not have a Florida attorney to represent him in the case. Nauta’s arraignment is scheduled for June 27.

Nauta faces one count of “willfully” and knowingly” making a “materially” false statement and representation about his involvement in the attempt to hide the documents from the government.