Trump asks judge to televise federal election trial | ET REALITY


Lawyers for former President Donald J. Trump told a judge she should allow his trial on federal charges of conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election to be televised live from the courtroom.

It was the first time Trump formally weighed in on the question of whether any of the four criminal trials he faces should be broadcast. His motion before Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, who is overseeing the federal election trial in Washington, came after similar requests by several media organizations and was filed late Friday.

A Georgia judge handling Trump’s state election subversion case has said the proceedings will be televised. But the request to Judge Chutkan is likely to face an uphill battle given that federal rules of criminal procedure (and the Supreme Court) generally prohibit cameras in federal courtrooms.

Mr. Trump motion for televised trial He arrived at a presentation adopting his bombastic and combative style.

In the motion, his attorneys argued that a televised trial was necessary because special counsel Jack Smith’s office had “attempted to proceed secretly” with the election case, even though the prosecution has attracted enormous attention from the public. media. He had several public hearings and had countless rounds of court documents filed in a public docket.

The lawyers also used the motion to complain, as they have on almost every occasion, that Trump has been treated “unfairly” by the Biden administration despite the election case, and another federal case in which Trump is accused of wrongdoing. driving. classified documents, have been overseen by Mr. Smith, an independent prosecutor.

It’s no surprise that Trump, a former TV star, wanted the trial to be broadcast live from the Federal District Court in Washington.

As his testimony demonstrated last week at his civil fraud trial in New York, he has chosen to pursue a strategy of creating loud conflicts to obscure the legal issues underlying his cases and using the proceedings to amplify the message of victimhood and grievance that he is at the center of his re-election campaign.

Mr. Trump’s appearance Friday night before Judge Chutkan was a sharp turn from his stance on the issue last week when prosecutors told Judge Chutkan, at his request, in their presentation that his lawyers did not were taking “no position” on the television broadcast of the trial.

In that filing, prosecutors working for Smith also told Judge Chutkan that televising the trial was “clearly prohibited” by federal rules.

Prosecutors acknowledged that the public and media had “a constitutional right of access” to the trial. But that, they stated, was “the right to attend a criminal trial, not the right to broadcast it.”

Trump’s presentation ignored these arguments and instead relied on his usual mix of bluster and belligerence.

“In short,” his lawyers wrote, “President Trump absolutely agrees with, and indeed demands, that these proceedings be fully televised so that the American public can see firsthand that this case, like others, It’s nothing more than a dream. “an unconstitutional travesty that should never be allowed to happen again.”

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