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 February 25, 2024

Trump's lawyers move to dismiss classified docs case

Former President Donald Trump's lawyers are working overtime to mitigate his legal issues. 

According to Fox News, his legal team recently filed a flurry of motions in an effort to convince a Florida judge to toss his federal classified records charges brought against him by Special Counsel Jack Smith last year.

His lawyers argued that Trump has "presidential immunity" and cited the "unlawful" appointment of Smith.

Trump has long argued that the federal indictment related to his classified document storage at Mar-a-Lago is part of a larger political witch hunt and and effort to hamstring his 2024 presidential campaign.

Lawyers strike back

The charges, according to attorneys Christopher Kise and Todd Blanche "turn on his alleged decision to designate records as personal under the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and to cause the records to be moved from the White House to Mar-a-Lago."

They went on to argue that Trump's decision to move the records "was an official act, and as such is subject to presidential immunity."

Fox News noted:

Trump faces dozens of felony counts in federal court in Florida accusing him of illegally hoarding classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach and obstructing government efforts to retrieve them. The trial is currently set to begin on May 20.

Trump has also insisted the charges be dropped before and after President Joe Biden's similar classified documents case, which he ultimately was not charged for.

"They should immediately drop the case against me," Trump said at the time. "I am covered by the Presidential Records Act — he wasn't. He had many, many times more documents — totally unguarded. Mine were always surrounded by Secret Service and in locked rooms."

Social media agrees

Many social media users weighed in on Trump's latest attempt to have the charges dismissed.

"Very little reported on the motions Trump filed in the Florida case. I believe the reason is this. If allowed, the motions will stop not only the case in Florida but DC and possibly the Georgia case, which is already dead, I am not sure about the NY case," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "When all of the cases gets OVERTURNED he said his revenge will be Success. SORRY but he needs to SUE JAMES & ENGORON. HE SHOULD NOT LET THAT GO!"

Only time will tell if the argument was compelling enough to have it dismissed.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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