On Thursday, the defense team of former President Donald Trump filed a new motion, revealing that the former president intends to present classified information revealing foreign interference in both the 2016 and 2020 U.S. Presidential elections.
This move comes amid a heated legal battle overseen by Judge Tanya Chutkan and led by Special Counsel Jack Smith.
Back in August, Trump faced four charges in Jack Smith’s controversial January 6 case in Washington, D.C.: conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
“From on or about November 14, 2020, through on or about January 20, 2021, in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, the Defendant, DONALD J. TRUMP, did knowingly combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with co-conspirators, known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to injure, oppress, threaten, and intimidate one or more persons in the free exercise and enjoyment of a right and privilege secured to them by the Constitution and laws of the United States —that is, the right to vote, and to have one’s vote counted,” according to the indictment.
As per the motion filed on Thursday by Trump’s legal team, led by attorneys John F. Lauro and Todd Blanche, Trump intends to present classified evidence during the trial.
This evidence is expected to reveal foreign influence activities that impacted the 2016 and 2020 U.S. Presidential elections, supporting his claims to challenge the election outcomes.
Per the court document:
The Indictment in this case adopts classified assessments by the Intelligence Community and others that minimized, and at times ignored, efforts by foreign actors to influence and interfere with the 2020 election.
President Trump will offer classified information at trial relating to foreign influence activities that impacted the 2016 and 2020 elections, as well as efforts by his administration to combat those activities.
President Trump will also present classified information relating to the biased and politicized nature of the intelligence assessments that he and others rejected during the events in question.
Collectively, this evidence will undercut central theories of the prosecution and establish that President Trump acted at all times in good faith and on the belief that he was doing what he had been elected to do.
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