Trump Seeks Discovery In Federal Mar-A-Lago Case

The legal team of former President Donald Trump filed a motion on Tuesday in the Mar-a-Lago documents case requesting the U.S. special counsel’s office begin to meet “basic discovery obligations” rather than continue holding out to influence the 2024 elections.

The motion by the team of Mr. Trump alleges a political bias against the former president in the intelligence community, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the special counsel prosecuting the case — and asks the judge to compel the prosecution to timely turn over materials it plans to use in the case.

In addition to the Mar-a-Lago documents case, Biden special counsel Jack Smith is the government’s prosecutor in another case in a D.C. court related to the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill protests and the 2020 election.

The filing Tuesday stated that its purpose was to “bring to Your Honor’s attention today the record of misrepresentations and discovery violations that have marred this case from the outset and illustrate that the Office has disregarded fundamental fairness and its legal obligations in favor of partisan election interference.”

The motion points to new evidence the Trump team has obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that allegedly reveal “that politically motivated operatives in the Biden Administration and the National Archives and Records Administration began this crusade against President Trump in 2021.”

“The Special Counsel’s Office has disregarded basic discovery obligations and DOJ policies in an effort to support the Biden Administration’s egregious efforts to weaponize the criminal justice system in pursuit of an objective that President Biden cannot achieve on the campaign trail: slowing down President Trump [ … ]” the motion stated.

Lawyers for Trump requested unprecedented access to classified information the special counsel wishes to redact before introducing it as evidence at trial. The motion read, “Cleared counsel for President Trump seek attorneys’-eyes-only access to these filings so that we can challenge the [special counsel’s] assertions in adversarial proceedings.”

The Trump team alleges cooperation between the office of Smith and “the White House, DOJ, FBI, and NARA to use the Presidential Records Act (‘PRA’) as a law enforcement tool, and to abuse grand jury procedures, in violation of due process, other constitutional rights, and the executive privilege.”