Former President Donald Trump intends to use the cases of rioters prosecuted from the Jan. 6, 2021, riot in his own Washington case.
The interesting twist was submitted ahead of plans for jury selection in the case scheduled for March 4.
Former President Trump plans to use prosecutors' words in criminal cases against his fellow Jan. 6 defendants to undermine the special counsel's case against him, according to court filings. https://t.co/NF4wfGXrYJ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 29, 2023
"Trump's lawyers pointed to prosecutors' words in other Jan. 6 cases in which defendants tried to blame Trump for their actions that day, saying prosecutors’ responses to those claims undermined the government’s current argument that Trump shares responsibility for what happened," NBC News reported.
"Prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia (‘USAO-DC’) repeatedly took positions in public that are inconsistent with the Special Counsel’s new contention," Trump's attorneys wrote in the filing late Monday, it added.
Special Counsel Jack Smith sought Twitter data on "all lists of Twitter users who have favorited or retweeted tweets posted by [Trump]''...
DOJ Ordered Sweep of Trump’s Twitter Data for Everyone Who ‘Liked, Followed or Retweeted’ Trumphttps://t.co/grQbdI5UgG
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) November 29, 2023
The news comes as reports has shown that special counsel Jack Smith requested the Twitter data of everyone connected to Trump's Twitter posts following Jan. 6.
"Attorneys for the Justice Department have revealed documents connected to their search warrant for Donald Trump’s Twitter account, indicating that prosecutors collected a massive collection of data about the former President’s social media activity—including information on every account that liked, followed, or retweeted him," the Politics Brief reported.
"The extensively redacted search warrant was revealed as a result of a judge’s ruling on November 17, which came after a consortium of media organizations filed an application in August for the warrant and other data to be made public," it continued.
If you liked or retweeted Trump’s tweets - the DOJ wants to know. Special Counsel Jack Smith’s search warrant for Trump’s Twitter account specifically seeks lists of Twitter users who engaged with Trump’s account. This government is out of control! https://t.co/kwXil1rbzD
— Eric Matheny 🎙️ (@ericmmatheny) November 29, 2023
"The filings shed some light on what investigators were looking for when they issued the warrant against the social media company owned by Elon Musk," the New York Post reported.
"They initially delayed in complying, resulting in a $350,000 fine leveled against the company," it noted.
The latest plans by Trump now plan to use the special counsel's attacks against him.
The details are coming into the light as Trump seeks to fight back in his pursuit of another term in the White House.