Attorneys for President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused special counsel Jack Smith of concealing communications he had with the Biden administration over whether or not to investigate their client in a case over the handling of classified documents, ratcheting up the pressure on Smith to prove his case against Trump is not politically motivated.
In a new filing, President Trump’s attorneys indicate they have obtained email exchanges between Smith and advisors to President Joe Biden going back as far as 2021, shortly after Biden took office. In the talks, attorneys allege that “politically motivated operatives” working for Biden have “been involved in pushing the classified documents probe” since he took office. Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request “should have been disclosed by the Office, in unredacted form, at the outset of the case,” they added.
“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’s leading campaign in the 2024 presidential election,” the filing alleges, according to The Daily Caller.
“The patent absurdity of the Office’s efforts is illustrated by the fact that, while working toward a historic landslide victory in the Iowa caucuses yesterday, President Trump was also preparing 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.”
Trump’s attorneys tonight in classified docs case file bombshell motion for discovery—again insists Special Counsel Jack Smith is concealing evidence including voluminous records demonstrating collaboration btw Biden White House, NARA, DOJ, FBI, and intel agencies: pic.twitter.com/cXr9endnj5
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) January 17, 2024
The disclosures “add force to President Trump’s long-held position regarding the scope of the prosecution team,” which he has repeatedly said is intent on diminishing his chances to take back the White House in November.
“The FOIA releases, coupled with other evidence scattered throughout more than 1.2 million pages of discovery, reflect close participation in the investigation by NARA and Biden Administration components such as the White House Counsel’s Office, as well as senior officials at DOJ and FBI,” they wrote. “These revelations are disturbing but not surprising.”
The filing adds that Trump will “dispute at trial the contentions by the Special Counsel’s Office that Mar-a-Lago was not secure and that there was a risk that materials stored at those premises could be compromised.”
Among the items being requested from Smith are all communications his team has had with the Biden administration; those between Biden’s team and that of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis; and evidence of “improper coordination” with the National Archives and Records Administration which originally asked Trump to return documents in his possession.
Smith, who is already contending with setbacks dealt to him by a Trump-appointed judge, now faces another hurdle to see his trial completed by the November 2024 election. Court observers believe that if Trump were elected he would be allowed to dismiss the case as President. Attorneys for Trump have already petitioned Judge Aileen Cannon to dismiss the case on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct, citing intimations to a grand jury by federal prosecutors that Trump is guilty simply because he invoked his right against self-incrimination.