Special counsel Jack Smith’s office on Monday said that former President Donald Trump wants a “carnival atmosphere” at his March trial in the nation’s capital for accusations that his 2020 election challenges constitute “election interference.”
According to the legal response, Trump “may elect to craft court filings with the goal of gathering media coverage rather than lawful relief from the Court, as he appears to have done on this and many other occasions,” but there’s no reason to make an exception for the former president.
According to Smith, Trump desires “to create a carnival atmosphere from which he hopes to profit by distracting, like many fraud defendants try to do, from the charges against him.”
“As the Court has already observed in proceedings in the defendant’s criminal trial, the defendant and his counsel will, if permitted, design their in-court statements instead to wage a public relations campaign,” the Special Counsel’s office added.
Trump is currently confronted with a four-count indictment that was remanded in August. The charge is that he engaged in a conspiracy to “obstruct the government function responsible for collecting, tallying, and certifying the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election through the use of knowingly false allegations of