Former President Donald Trump has submitted a request to a federal court seeking the dismissal of charges related to election interference.
His legal team argues that his actions, which involved casting doubt on the 2020 election results, were part of his official duties as president and thus should not be subject to criminal prosecution.
They contend that these claims were integral to his responsibilities as president. Additionally, Trump has requested a postponement of his classified documents case, which accuses him of mishandling sensitive files. His lawyers have proposed scheduling the trial after the 2024 presidential election.
This request is part of a series of recent legal filings concerning Trump’s ongoing legal battles. In the election interference case, Trump’s lawyers maintain that his public statements regarding the 2020 election were aimed at safeguarding the integrity of federal elections and were within the bounds of his official responsibilities.
Therefore, they argue, these actions cannot serve as the basis for criminal charges against him.
It is worth noting that despite Trump’s allegations of widespread election fraud following his defeat in the 2020 presidential election, no substantial evidence supporting such claims has been presented.
In another effort to delay legal proceedings, Trump has filed a notice to voluntarily dismiss a lawsuit against his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, whom he was suing for at least $500 million in damages.
Trump’s campaign asserted that his ongoing legal battles and preparations for the 2024 presidential campaign were consuming too much of his time to pursue the claim.
The charges in the election interference case, filed in Washington, D.C. by special prosecutor Jack Smith, allege that Trump interfered with the lawful transfer of presidential power after his legal challenges to the election results failed.
The charges against Trump include conspiracy to defraud the U.S., conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy against the rights of citizens.
While acknowledging Trump’s right to publicly discuss the election and make false claims about fraud, the special prosecutor contends that Trump went beyond these boundaries by pursuing unlawful means to discredit valid votes and undermine the election results.
Trump has consistently characterized these charges, as well as other legal cases against him and his businesses, as politically motivated.
Last Updated:06 October 2023