On Tuesday night, Donald Trump’s lawyers reviewed their arguments for the former president’s defense in the case. He claimed to have mishandled more than a hundred classified documentssaid prosecutors plan to rebut charges that sensitive government documents were stored in unsafe locations at his Mar-a-Lago property.
One the motion was filed TuesdayTrump’s lawyers said they would argue that prosecutors conducted a “politically motivated and biased” investigation into the former president’s handling of classified documents aimed at damaging his 2024 campaign.
Trump’s lawyers have said they are looking for links between prosecutors at the Justice Department and associates of President Joe Biden, arguing without providing evidence that the Biden administration orchestrated legal efforts to interfere with Trump’s campaign.
“The Office of the Special Counsel ignored key discovery obligations and DOJ policies in support of the Biden Administration’s serious efforts to weaponize the criminal justice system to achieve a goal President Biden could not achieve on the campaign trail: slowing down President Trump’s lead campaign. 2024 President in the elections,” Trump’s lawyers wrote.
They also point Trump’s decisive victory in the Iowa caucuses In a lawsuit this week, he argued that the charges against him “show partisan election interference.”
“The patentlessness of the administration’s efforts is that while President Trump was working to secure a historic victory in the Iowa caucuses yesterday, President Trump was preparing to inform the honorable gentlemen today that this is a record of misrepresentations and alleged violations. this case demonstrates from the outset that the Office has ignored fundamental justice and legal obligations in favor of partisan election interference.”
The special counsel’s office declined to comment when reached by NBC News.
He became Trump in June 2022 accused of violating several laws and He is charged with dozens of serious crimes In connection with more than 100 classified documents obtained by federal agents from the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in 2022. The charges include 31 counts of willful withholding of national defense information and single counts of false statements and representations, conspiracy to obstruct justice. , concealing a document or record, corruptly concealing a document, concealing a document in a federal investigation, and scheme to conceal.
He was hit with additional charges replaces the indictment In July 2022, he alleged that the former president was involved in a scheme to delete security video at Mar-a-Lago.
Trump has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and claimed he was unfairly targeted by the Biden administration. The former president and his co-accused in the case, Walt Nauta and Carlos De Oliveira, have pleaded not guilty to the charges.