BY Staff WritersOctober 19, 2023
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 | October 19, 2023
6 months ago

Judge rips into Jack Smith over failing to let Trump legal team view documents

Special Counsel Jack Smith faces criticism for not granting timely access to former President Donald Trump's legal team to information in the case involving classified documents.

Judge Aileen Cannon of the United States District Court voiced her concerns over special counsel Smith's delay in providing access to evidence materials to former President Trump's legal team.

Smith had proposed to store the files in Washington, D.C., a location almost 1,000 miles away from the court in southern Florida where the case was initiated. Judge Cannon, however, emphasized that the evidence should be made available in an accredited facility within the Southern District of Florida.

Responsibility of the Special Counsel

She further stated that it's the duty of the Office of the Special Counsel to ensure that such evidence is deposited in the said district. This should be done in collaboration with the Litigation Security Group to ensure the security of the documents. The Special Counsel's office was also directed to provide updates or clarifications in line with this order.

Earlier this year, Judge Cannon had provided guidelines on how the documents, which Trump is alleged to have mishandled, should be accessed. Trump's legal team, which hasn't seen much success in court lately, did manage to secure a minor ruling that might pave the way for a significant one in the future.

Judge Cannon decided to temporarily delay the schedule set for the Justice Department to make classified documents available to Trump's lawyers. This delay also extends the time for the defense team to review them.

Implications for the upcoming trial

Furthermore, Trump's legal team has requested Judge Cannon to postpone the trial's start date from May 2024 to a time after the November election. While she hasn't made a decision on this yet, some believe that her choice to push back the deadlines indicates that the trial might not commence on May 20, as previously decided.

This delay in the trial is significant. If Trump manages to push back the trial and wins the 2024 reelection, there are concerns that he might attempt to pardon himself if found guilty of the charges brought against him by Smith, as noted by Conservative Brief.

Recent times have seen growing concerns about the state of the nation. A poll by Rasmussen Reports revealed that a staggering 72% of participants fear that America is turning into a police state. This sentiment is shared by both Republicans and Democrats, with 76% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats expressing similar concerns.

Police State: A reflection of current sentiments

Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza's new movie, Police State, delves into this very issue. D’Souza, who migrated to the U.S. in the late 1970s, expressed his concerns about the erosion of basic liberties in America. He emphasized the importance of rights like freedom of speech, conscience, assembly, and the right to petition the government.

He expressed his shock at witnessing these rights being jeopardized. The movie Police State echoes these sentiments, highlighting the concerns shared by many Americans. D’Souza mentioned that he never wanted to make such a movie, but the current state of affairs made it necessary.

Conservative host Dan Bongino, who is associated with the movie, also shared his views. He stated that the signs of a police state are evident, and it's crucial to recognize them to understand the danger the nation is in.

Conclusion

  • Jack Smith criticized for delaying access to Trump's legal team regarding classified documents.
  • Judge Aileen Cannon emphasizes the need for timely access to evidence in the Southern District of Florida.
  • Trump's legal team secures a minor ruling, hinting at a possible major one in the future.
  • Concerns arise about the trial's delay and its implications for Trump's potential self-pardon.
  • Increasing fears of America turning into a police state are reflected in Dinesh D’Souza's movie Police State.

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Written by: Staff Writers

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