Washington, November 13, 2023 – Former U.S. President Donald Trump, currently leading the GOP’s 2024 presidential nomination race, has intensified his legal battle by filing a motion supporting media requests for live television coverage of his federal trial. The trial, scheduled for March, revolves around charges of attempting to defraud the federal government and obstructing Congress by spreading false claims of election fraud.
Trump contends that the Biden administration aims to shroud the proceedings “in darkness” for political gains. His lawyers, John Lauro and Todd Blanche, argue that live coverage is essential to allow the public to witness Trump’s exoneration from what they label as “baseless and politically motivated charges.”
The legal filing accuses Special Prosecutor Jack Smith’s team of violating Trump’s constitutional rights and criticizes U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan for allegedly favoring political interests over legal protections. Trump’s lawyers argue that televising the trial would dispel the notion that the case is a “dreamt-up constitutional charade.”
In contrast, Smith opposes the media’s request, citing a federal court rule prohibiting broadcasts of criminal proceedings. He argues that televised coverage could potentially intimidate witnesses and jurors, emphasizing the need to adhere to a decades-old regulation.
As the legal battle unfolds, the transparency of Trump’s federal trial remains a focal point, with implications for both his political future and the broader narrative surrounding the 2020 election.