Spread the love

Documents kept by Trump: a first motion rejected | Donald Trump facing justice

Open in full screen mode

Former US President Donald Trump at his exiting the courthouse in Fort Pierce, Florida.

  • Sophie-Hélène Lebeuf

Speech synthesis, based on artificial intelligence, makes it possible to generate spoken text from written text.

The Florida federal judge presiding over the lawsuit against former President Donald Trump for negligent handling of state secrets rejected one of several motions on Thursday against the dropping of the charges against him.

At the end of&#x27 In a nearly four-hour hearing on two of nine motions filed by Mr. Trump's lawyers, Judge Aileen Cannon rebutted their arguments that the Espionage Act, under which he was charged with, is too vague and therefore inapplicable.

You would agree that declaring a law unconstitutionally vague would be a truly extraordinary measure, Judge Cannon told the defense attorneys.

This is the first time that the magistrate, who was appointed by Donald Trump, ruled on one of the numerous defense requests intended to abort the trial.

Thirty-two of the 40 counts brought against him in this case by Special Prosecutor Jack Smith were arrested under the Espionage Act, which governs the handling of classified documents. The 32 charges correspond to as many confidential documents.

Donald Trump faces justice

Consult the complete file

Donald Trump facing justice

Consult the complete file


The other motion presented by the defense lawyers which was argued during the day, and on which the judge did not render a decision, targets the Presidential Records Act.

They claim that the former president declassified the documents he took to his Mar-a-Lago residence before the end of his term and that this therefore protects him from prosecution.

Although she did not rule on this issue, Judge Cannon seemed unreceptive to this argument. It is difficult to see how this argument can justify dismissal of the charges, she said, adding that it is better suited to presentation before a jury.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Special Prosecutor Jack Smith accuses Donald Trump of having endangered the national security of the United States by keeping, after his departure from the White House, confidential documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence, some with the highest level of confidentiality.

The documents in question included information on the defense capabilities of the United States and foreign countries, on American nuclear programs and on potential vulnerabilities in the event of an attack against the United States and its allies.

Open in full screen mode

According to the indictment, former President Donald Trump stored confidential documents in several rooms of his residence, including a bathroom. (File photo)

During the hearing, the defense argued that the lawsuit arose from political motivations. Donald Trump's lawyers cited special prosecutor Robert Hur's decision not to bring charges following his investigation into negligence in the handling of confidential documents by President Joe Biden. His report, however, noted differences between the two files.

In addition to the most numerous counts of unlawful retention of information relating to national security, Donald Trump is notably accused of conspiracy to obstruct justice and perjury.

He pleaded not guilty last summer.

Donald Trump, who earlier this week amassed enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination, has questioned the legality of the appointment of the special prosecutor responsible for this investigation.

He also claimed, without proof, that Joe Biden, his expected rival for the presidential election in November, had personally ordered the initiation of proceedings against him in order to harm his campaign.

Furthermore, Judge Cannon has not yet set a trial date, nor has she set a date for additional hearings on the other motions.< /p>

Prosecutors would like the trial to begin on July 8. Donald Trump's lawyers instead want a trial that would begin after the November election or, in the worst-case scenario, in August.

According to several analysts, Donald Trump's lawyers, in this case and in the three other criminal trials brought against him, are above all trying to save time.

The former head of state is notably accused of having attempted to invalidate the results of the 2020 presidential election, of having attempted to manipulate the election x27;2020 presidential election in Georgia and having disguised the accounts of his New York company to conceal the payment of US$130,000 to a pornographic film star during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Due to all the delays caused by his requests, only one lawsuit, that filed by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg , for falsification of documents, could know its outcome before voters are called to the polls.

C&# x27;is also the only trial for which a date had been set, March 25.

Thursday, the The New York prosecutor, however, proposed a 30-day delay, a counter-proposal to the request of Mr. Trump's lawyers, who are instead calling for a 90-day delay.

The legal woes of the former tenant of the White House have not undermined his popularity among Republican voters. Recent polls on voting intentions for the presidential election even credit him with a slight lead over his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.

With information from New York Times and Washington Post

  • Sophie- Hélène LebeufFollow
Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116