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 November 14, 2023

Jack Smith argues that TV cameras should not be in courtroom for Trump trial

For obvious reasons, former President Donald Trump and his lawyers want his federal election subversion case televised so that his supporters -- and the country, for that matter -- can see what he insists is a weaponization of the Department of Justice against a sitting president's political opponent. 

According to the Washington Examiner, Special Counsel Jack Smith vehemently opposes a televised trial, which is quite telling on its own.

Smith's argument is that he claims televising the trial will create a "carnival atmosphere."

The Examiner noted:

Smith's team wrote in a court filing that Trump "hopes to profit" from such an atmosphere "by distracting, like many fraud defendants try to do, from the charges against him," which involve allegations that Trump illegally attempted to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

"The Court should decline the defendant’s 'demand' ... that he be placed beyond the rules and above the law," Smith's prosecutors wrote. "And it should avoid the spectacle—and attendant risks of witness intimidation—that the longstanding rules against courtroom broadcasting are designed to avoid."

The federal prosecutors also noted that Trump's lawyers failed to cite precedent as to why the trial should be televised, noting that past high-profile federal cases received ample media exposure without TV cameras in the courtroom.

Trump and his lawyers originally stated that the former president had "no position" on whether or not the trial should be televised after several media outlets requested that it should be.

But as his New York civil trial played out, the 45th president seemingly changed his mind, and now believes the public should witness it to make a decision for themselves.

"These proceedings should be fully televised so that the American public can see firsthand that this case, just like others, is nothing more than a dreamt-up unconstitutional charade that should never be allowed to happen again," Trump's lawyers said.

The Examiner added:

Evoking Trump's long-held stance that the 2020 election was rife with fraud, the attorneys also said Trump wanted the public to "hear all the evidence regarding an election that President Trump believes was rigged and stolen."

Social media users torched Smith for requesting that the trial be void of television cameras.

Only time will tell which side wins out.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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