Internet fed up with Trump's antics as special counsel Jack Smith cautions ex-POTUS’ lawyers against filing conspiracy-laden discovery requests

Internet fed up with Trump's antics as special counsel Jack Smith cautions ex-POTUS’ lawyers against filing conspiracy-laden discovery requests
Special Counsel Jack Smith rips Trump attorneys for conspiracy-laden discovery requests in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case (Getty Images, @euanapolli/Instagram)

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: Special Counsel Jack Smith provided new information on the origins of the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case involving former US President Donald Trump, on Friday, February 2.

According to Smith, the government was confronted with an unprecedented situation, wherein a former President allegedly engaged “in calculated and persistent obstruction of the collection of Presidential records".

Special Counsel Jack Smith delivers remarks on a recently unsealed indictment including four felony counts against former U.S. President Donald Trump at the Justice Department on August 1, 2023, in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Special Counsel Jack Smith provided new information on the origins of the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump was charged by the Southern District of Florida for mishandling and illegally retaining classified and sensitive records after leaving the Oval Office.

The charges include allegations of storing these records in his bathroom and shower at Mar-a-Lago, and possibly displaying them at his golf club, per a report by Law&Crime.

Smith's brief on Friday, in response to Trump's move to compel discovery from Smith's team, details the government's response after learning about Trump's claimed possession of these sensitive, highly confidential documents, which by law, belong to the United States of America.

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Smith wrote, “for the benefit of history and posterity, and, as a matter of fact, here included a trove of highly classified documents containing some of the nation’s most sensitive information.”

“The law required that those documents be collected. And the record establishes that the relevant government officials performed their tasks with professionalism and patience in the face of unprecedented defiance,” the Special Counsel noted in the filing.

The legal team representing former US President Donald Trump has filed a motion that contains allegations of conspiracy and claims of evidence being concealed by special counsel Jack Smith.


 
 
 
 
 
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Specifically, the defendants have requested evidence relating to alleged "improper coordination" with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and claims of "bias and investigative misconduct".

However, Smith has opposed these requests, stating that the claims are not relevant to the defense and that some of the requests are seeking evidence that does not exist or is not in the possession of the government.

Furthermore, Smith has requested that US District Judge Aileen Cannon deny discovery related to Trump's security clearance with the Department of Energy, evidence about secure facilities at President Trump's residences, and materials concerning the search of Mar-a-Lago and CCTV footage.


 
 
 
 
 
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Smith claimed that Trump's lawyers had submitted a lengthy motion requesting "abstract rulings" on the scope of the prosecution team and different instructions that the government provides them with an assortment of additional files.

“The motion should be denied as legally and factually flawed,” Smith’s filing stated. “Instead of meeting those standards, the defendants’ motion seeks non-discoverable materials based on speculative, unsupported, and false theories of political bias and animus.”

“Many of the requests are so generalized that it is difficult to decipher what they seek,” Smith continued. “Others reflect pure conjecture detached from the facts surrounding this prosecution. For still others, the government has already furnished the defendants with what they seek to the extent that the law requires.”


 
 
 
 
 
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Donald Trump has entered a plea of not guilty on 41 counts of mishandling documents, obstructing justice, making false statements and representations, as well as charges related to destroying or attempting to alter or destroy an object.

Two other individuals, Walt Nauta and Carlos De Oliveira, who are believed to have conspired with Trump, have also pleaded not guilty, and the trial is currently scheduled for May 20, 2024.

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People on X reacted to the news with abject apathy as if they wanted to be done with it already and have a verdict announced for what has transpired and what hasn't.



 

One X user remarked: "Also breaking news: Water is wet."



 

Another user stated: "More of the same. Trump no longer surprises me with his lies. It’s par for the course at this point."



 

Another user asked wryly: "Is anything Trump says not inaccurate and distorted?"



 

Finally, this user tweeted: "Trump's prior lawyers ran out of the board room when they realized what he stole from his old job."



 

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