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 November 7, 2023

Jack Smith rejects Trump's attempt to have the 2020 election case dismissed: 'He stands alone'

On Monday, Special Counsel Jack Smith asked a federal judge to deny a request from former President Donald Trump to have four counts of election interference against him dropped. 

The allegations against Trump stem from his actions during the 2016 presidential election.

According to a report from The Washington Examiner, the attorney who is pursuing action against the former president noted that Trump "stands alone in American history for his alleged crimes."

"No other president has engaged in conspiracy and obstruction to overturn valid election results and illegitimately retain power," Smith's office wrote in the filing.

This statement came at the same time that President Trump filed a motion in a federal court in Washington, D.C., asking to have the case against him dismissed on the grounds that he conspired to interfere with the 2020 election.

"The allegations that the defendant sought to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election by resorting to fraud, deceit, and corruption place his conduct well outside the protections afforded by the First Amendment and likewise put him fully on notice that his conduct was criminal and thus subject to prosecution," according to the 79-page filing.

"Finally, the defendant's prior acquittal in a Senate trial following his impeachment in the House does not foreclose this criminal prosecution, and his particular reliance on the Double Jeopardy Clause is frivolous. The Court should deny the defendant's motions."

Smith's office voiced its opposition to Trump's motion that attempted to strike apparent "inflammatory allegations" relating to the incident that took place at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, and was allegedly caused by a group of his followers, in a separate document that was also submitted on Monday.

In this document, Smith's office voiced its opposition to Trump's motion that attempted to strike apparent "inflammatory allegations."

"The Court should recognize the defendant's motion for what it is: a meritless effort to evade the indictment's clear allegations that the defendant is responsible for the events at the Capitol on January 6," prosecutors wrote.

Trump, who is now in the lead in the primary campaign for the Republican nominee for president in 2024, has submitted a not guilty plea in the case

The former president's trial is slated to begin on March 4, which is only a few days before Super Tuesday, a big voting day for the many states across the nation.

Currently, the former president is fielding court cases in multiple jurisdictions, most of which are centering around the events of the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 riots on Capitol Hill.

The case in New York took a slightly different tone with Trump organization's business dealings coming under scrutiny with state law enforcement.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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