Former President Donald Trump arrives at the Federal Courthouse on Feb. 12, 2024, in Fort Pierce, Florida. | Marta Lavandier/AP

Former President Donald Trump made a rare appearance in federal court, attending closed-door sessions with U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon regarding his federal classified documents case in Florida. Trump, accompanied by his legal team, discussed defense strategies and access to classified evidence.

The case involves accusations of retaining national security secrets at Mar-a-Lago and obstructing the investigation. Cannon held separate sessions with both Trump’s team and prosecutors to address concerns over classified evidence and potential repercussions. The meetings occurred in a high-security facility due to the sensitive nature of the discussions.

This marks Trump’s first face-to-face encounter with Cannon, amidst complaints from prosecutors about the judge’s actions in the case. The courthouse, equipped for such hearings, facilitated discussions on classified matters, potentially impacting the trial’s trajectory.