Jack Smith Asks Judge Chutkan for Permission to Smear Trump before Jury

Special Counsel Jack Smith has requested permission from the Obama-appointed judge overseeing his case to address the jury and smear President Donald Trump as an “election denier” and an “insurrectionist.”

Smith is looking for permission to offer the jury “evidence” that he claims will expose Trump’s attempts to foster doubt about the election process.

This comes as Smith is attempting to prosecute Trump for his actions on Jan. 6.

The events of January 6, 2021, occurred around the time that Smith asserts that Trump was sewing doubt about the elections, as POLITICO reported.

The prosecutor asserts that such information would help jurors in deciding whether Trump was actually trying to overthrow the government, as Smith asserts he was.

Smith is petitioning U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, a former President Barack Obama appointee, for authorization to present evidence that, while not explicitly charged in the criminal indictment, might have a bearing on the jury’s deliberation of the alleged offenses is nonetheless pertinent.

In criminal proceedings, these particulars, referred to as 404(b) evidence, are frequently introduced to assist the jury in discerning the intent or motive of the defendant by examining uncharged “bad acts.”

Smith asserts that the evidence in this instance will assist jurors in determining Trump’s objective in the chaotic weeks preceding the January 6 riot at the Capitol, when he attempted to undermine the election.

Prosecutors say they intend to present an array of 404(b) evidence, not limited to the election fraud allegations from previous years.

Gaston indicated that they plan to inform the jury of Trump’s recurrent denials of a peaceful transfer of power in 2016 and 2020.

They wish to introduce his exhortation to the Proud Boys in September 2020 to “stand back and stand by.”

Democrats claim this statement served as a catalyst for the group’s leaders to take action and set the Proud Boys in motion toward their involvement in protesters entering the Capitol om Jan. 6.

Prosecutors also allege that Trump waged a retaliatory campaign against Republican Party allies, including the former legal counsel of the RNC, who refused to acknowledge his allegations of election fraud.

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In the years following Jan. 6, prosecutors assert that Trump endeavored to associate himself with the demonstrators, something they would also like to talk about with the jury.

Trump has pledged to consider pardoning many of the Jan. 6 prisoners, who he has referred to as “hostages.”

He has lamented the severity of the sentences meted out to even the political prisoners and collaborated with some of the defendants incarcerated in the D.C. jail to compose a song.

“This evidence shows that the rioters’ disruption of the certification proceeding is exactly what the defendant intended on January 6,” Gaston wrote.

Smith is hoping to convince the jury that Trump has always been an “election denier,” even before winning the presidency in 2016.

In the days and weeks preceding the 2012 election, during which President Barack Obama was attempting to oust Republican nominee Mitt Romney for re-election, Trump also warned that voting machines were being manipulated.

Trump argued that the election was tainted with fraud.

Despite Trump’s actions not being against the law, Smith hopes to use the information to smear Trump in the eyes of the jury.

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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