Special prosecutor Jack Smith used a routine legal filing Friday to launch a strong public rebuttal to the charge. Donald TrumpClaims his criminal prosecution for allegedly hoarding classified documents has been marred by political and legal misconduct.
this 68 page document First, Smith’s team said it was an effort to correct false assertions the former president had made about the nature of his case.
“It is necessary to clarify the basic facts that led to this indictment,” prosecutors argued. “The government will clarify these issues … because the defendants’ misstatements, if left unanswered, would create a highly misleading impression.” “
What follows is a lengthy account of events that led prosecutors to suspect that Trump stored troves of classified records at his Mar-a-Lago resort. Prosecutors say federal officials at the National Archives and intelligence agencies were not the bloodthirsty partisans Trump portrayed. The community and the White House Counsel’s Office took “steps” and “incremental” steps to retrieve the documents — often in coordination with some of Trump’s own appointed advisers — and then moved them to the United States as the former president continued to resist. Things escalate.
The approach taken in the legal brief is somewhat unusual for the Justice Department.Although the document was filed with a U.S. District Judge Erin CannonAt times, it sounded like opening statements to a jury Trump might face in the future, or the first chapter of a report intended to detail the findings to the public.
It’s unclear whether the “erroneous impression” prosecutors said they were trying to correct was one they feared Cannon could be a victim of, whether the brief was intended for a larger audience and whether Trump, who is based in Fort Pierce, Florida, How Trump’s appointees will respond to tactics.
The substance of the prosecutor’s brief is aimed at rebutting requests by Trump and his two co-defendants, Walter Nota and Carlos de Oliveira, to obtain extensive government documents that could prove the defense of a contender. His clients defended their request that Cannon treat the large executive branch and the White House as affiliates of Smith’s prosecution team – a decision that could open up their files to defendants beyond the typical sharing of evidence by witnesses in criminal proceedings.
The document includes some new details about the origins of the investigation, particularly as Trump’s liaison with the National Archives began conversations with key White House officials about assisting in the return of missing documents. Trump’s aides did not protest, despite the process being a sign of sinister politics that Smith’s team called limited, necessary and well known to Trump’s aides.
It’s a theme throughout the prosecutors’ documents: Trump has spoken in ominous terms of a single “Biden administration” targeting him, when the reality is that career officials from multiple agencies have taken… standards or even “harmless practices”. They acted to fulfill their duties, the brief said.
The briefing is also filled with factual statements that make Trump’s actions sound more serious and shocking. In discussing the defense’s request for more information from the Secret Service, prosecutors claimed that their interactions with the federal agency that protects the president and his family underscored Trump’s recklessness. A trove of classified information was kept at his Florida home, where It was also a social club and the venue for political and social events, with a long guest list.
The Secret Service reported that “of the approximately 48,000 guests who visited Mar-a-Lago between January 2021 and May 2022, only 2,200 had their names checked and only 2,900 passed the magnet, despite the presence of classified documents at the hotel.” plan,” prosecutors’ documents said.