Jack Smith Introduces New Filing In Case
On Wednesday, Special Counsel Jack Smith requested the federal court in Washington, D.C. to prevent former President Donald Trump from using “improper evidence” and injecting politics into his upcoming trial for the alleged unlawful plotting to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. The trial is set to begin in March.
In a 20-page filing, Smith’s team argued that the defense had attempted to bring in partisan political attacks and irrelevant issues into the proceedings. They urged the court to bar Trump from using claims of a “vindictive prosecution” and a trial date that will “interfere” with his political activities, as they have no relevance to his guilt or innocence in the case.
They also asked the court to block Trump from “introducing or eliciting other improper evidence” that could constitute “speculation regarding his thoughts or beliefs” and seek privileged information that is not relevant to the case. This move is aimed at preventing Trump from using the trial as a platform to propagate irrelevant disinformation.
The prosecutors further argued that allowing Trump to use politics and make irrelevant claims in the trial could jeopardize the jury’s ability to remain focused and make an impartial decision.
“The defendant’s improper evidence and argument should be excluded to ensure that the jury remains focused on its fact-finding duty and applies the law as instructed by the Court,” they wrote in the filing.
The trial has been paused during an appeal over the question of presidential immunity, which was rejected by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, an Obama appointee. Trump’s lawyers have argued that his actions were “within the heartland” of his “official duties,” and have filed to dismiss the case.
Some believe that Trump is facing politically motivated prosecution in the case as well as three other criminal cases, including one led by Smith over the handling of classified documents. Trump has repeatedly labeled these investigations as a “witch hunt” and has accused prosecutors of trying to interfere in the 2024 presidential election, in which he is speculated to run again.
On the other hand, Smith’s team argued that the trial date of March 4, 2024, is part of the normal court schedule and is not designed to interfere with Trump’s potential political activities.
They had previously asked the U.S. Supreme Court to address the question of presidential immunity before the federal appeals court had a chance to rule on the matter, in a bid to keep the trial on schedule. However, the court rejected the request last week.
In response to Smith’s filing, Trump accused him of being “obsessed” with attacking him and interfering with the 2024 presidential election. He also mentioned that the district court judge had unequivocally stated that the case was stayed and there should be no litigation. Period.
The trial is set to begin on March 4, 2024, only a day before Super Tuesday, which could potentially impact Trump’s chances of securing the Republican party’s nomination for the 2024 presidential election. The court’s decision on the use of politics and irrelevant evidence in the trial could play a crucial role in shaping the outcome of the case.