Trump's Legal Team Drops Bombshell Demand In January 6 Case

Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 28 November 2023 20:30
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In a recent development, the legal team representing former President Donald Trump in the January 6 case has filed a discovery letter in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The letter, submitted last week, demands that the Department of Justice and special counsel Jack Smith furnish documents related to undercover agents, informants, and others who were present at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

In the letter, Trump's attorneys stated, "Please provide all documents regarding informants, cooperators, undercover agents, or anyone acting in a similar capacity on behalf or at the behest of the Department of Justice or any law enforcement agency." They requested information about individuals who were within a five-mile radius of the Capitol that day and were involved in the "assistance, planning or encouragement of any activities related to the protest, breach, or trespassing" of the Capitol.

The legal team also sought documents pertaining to requests for security, the National Guard, or law enforcement in connection with the rally that took place on the Ellipse earlier that day or any other protest within the city on January 6, 2021.

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Furthermore, the attorneys requested the identities of all Capitol Police officers present at the Capitol on that day, along with interview notes, statements, recordings, or written messages from these officers.

"The discovery contains some FBI 302s for investigations related to events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Please provide all FBI 302s, reports (including FD-1057s), and other memoranda for those investigations, including investigations related to foreign interference efforts by foreign actors to support and exacerbate events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021," the filing reads.

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The filing also states, "please provide all documents reflecting statements by any member of the prosecution team indicating an intent or effort to stop or hinder President Trump from becoming President of the United States."

The legal team noted that they had discovered several redacted documents in the discovery and requested that the government explain the reason behind each redaction.

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The case is scheduled to commence on March 4, 2024, in Washington DC. In mid-November, Judge Tanya Chutkan dismissed a request from Trump's team to eliminate "inflammatory allegations" concerning January 6, 2021, from the indictment against him. Trump's team argued that since Trump has not been charged with the actions of others at the Capitol on January 6, those references should be removed.

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In a related development earlier in November, a DC appeals court temporarily stayed a gag order imposed on Trump by Judge Chutkan.

This development follows the release of tens of thousands of hours of security camera footage from inside the Capitol on January 6 by House Speaker Mike Johnson on November 17.

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