Trump Racing To Meet Troubling Deadline

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( – Donald Trump’s legal representatives are facing a deadline to justify their extensive request for classified documents, which could potentially prolong his election fraud trial for years. Chief prosecutor Jack Smith recently challenged Trump’s demand for 57 sets of documents, including sensitive materials such as DOJ communications with Hunter Biden and Trump’s White House schedule. The documents sought also cover topics like Russian and Iranian interference in the 2020 election, Chinese cyberattacks, the identities of undercover agents at the January 6 riot, and extensive voting-related correspondence from seven states during the 2020 election.

Initially set to respond by Friday, Trump’s lawyers received an extension until Monday, November 27, from Judge Tanya Chutkan, who declined a longer postponement. Trump, indicted on four counts related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, has pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and obstruct an official proceeding.

In a related Florida case involving Trump’s possession of classified documents, the disclosure process has already accumulated over a million pages. If granted, the request in the election case could result in several million pages, significantly delaying the trial. This process requires stringent security measures under the federal Classified Information Procedures Act, necessitating secure viewing facilities and equipment in Washington D.C., similar to those in Florida.

Trump’s attorneys, Todd Blanche and John Lauro, have filed a comprehensive request for documents, including information on any informants or undercover agents near the Capitol on January 6, 2021. They also seek documents related to 2020 election fraud investigations, cyberattacks involving SolarWinds, Microsoft, and VMWare, and details concerning Dominion Voting Systems. Trump previously alleged, without evidence, that Dominion’s machines were rigged, leading to legal action against his supporter, Mike Lindell.

Furthermore, Trump’s team requests documents on his daily schedule from October 2020 to January 2021, communications between the Special Counsel’s office, the DOJ, and various Biden-related entities, and audits of election results in states mentioned in the indictment. They are also pursuing information on foreign campaigns to undermine U.S. election confidence and allegations involving Venezuela, Cuba, and China in the 2020 elections.

In Trump’s separate Mar-a-Lago case, Judge Aileen Cannon has indicated the need to revise the pretrial schedule due to the extensive document requests. Jay Bratt, a Justice Department national security prosecutor, has expressed concerns that these continual postponement requests are part of a broader delay strategy in Trump’s legal proceedings.

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