Trump Files For Fewer Restrictions

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( – On Monday, former President Donald Trump filed for fewer restrictions to be placed on the material and evidence related to the Jan. 6, 2021 case, arguing that this trial was focused on First Amendment rights.

Prosecutors had originally requested from the Court that all documents that the government has produced in connection to this case be restricted. However, Trump’s team argued that only material that is actually sensitive should be restricted and not be made available to the general public.

The team argued that looser restrictions were going to be more consistent with other protective orders that the court has entered in cases revolving around the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack, while also providing the necessary protection for materials that the government has alleged are “highly sensitive.”

Their court filing further alleges that in this trial which is focused on the First Amendment, the government was looking to restrict the rights provided by it. They added that this is made even worse by the fact that former President Donald Trump is the administration’s primary opponent in the upcoming presidential race.

Special Counsel Jack Smith in response argued that the standards that they had proposed were reasonable and they would have both protected the proceedings while also facilitating the “flow of discovery to the defendant.” He further argued that the proposal by the defendant was unreasonable and that the order they had proposed should be the one that the Court agrees to. He further argued that it was not necessary for them to have an oral argument in relation to the protective order.

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