Trump Distances Himself From Jan. 6 Case

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( – Former President Donald Trump’s legal team filed a number of motions on Monday right before the midnight deadline calling for the judge to completely dismiss the federal election interference case. They further argue in the motions that this case was “vindictive” and a violation of Trump’s freedom of speech.

Trump’s lawyers used many of the same statements that Trump has taken during his 2024 campaign, arguing that the former President had just expressed his doubts about the 2020 presidential election and that he should not be the one held responsible for the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.

The motions further noted that the government has not charged Trump as responsible for the Capitol attack, as such the allegations against him connected to this event are “prejudicial and inflammatory.” They added that the court needed to strike the inflammatory statements made against Trump from this case.

In the four-count indictment brought forward by special counsel Jack Smith, it was pointed out that Trump was legally allowed to challenge his loss at the presidential election. However, it is argued in the case that Trump resorted to illegal means of blocking the transfer of power through fraudulent claims and a conspiracy to block officials from being allowed to count the electoral votes.

Trump, much like most defendants when facing criminal prosecutions, will routinely file motions to get the case dismissed. However, usually, those motions are rejected. Still, the motions in this particular case could bring forward many important questions about Trump’s rights under the First Amendment.

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