Former President Donald Trump’s legal team has changed its stance on televising his upcoming trial, now supporting media outlets’ requests for broadcast.
Special counsel Jack Smith’s team claims they were initially misled about Trump’s position.
“[Before the Nov. 3 filing,] the Government sought the defendant’s position on the applications, and his counsel requested that the Government represent to the court that he took no position,” Smith’s team said. (Trending: Supreme Court Dismisses Case To Keep Trump Off Ballot)
Special counsel Jack Smith says Donald Trump deliberately misled his attorneys about classified documents.
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“The Government accurately reported that to the court.”
“The public has a right to a prompt and efficient resolution of this matter,” the judge said.
The trial, set for 2024, will address charges related to the 2020 election.
Smith alleges Trump aimed to overturn legitimate election results.
Trump has pleaded not guilty and sought to push the trial beyond the 2024 election, but the request was denied.
A Trump campaign spokesperson said the former President “has always followed the law and the Constitution, with advice from many highly accomplished attorneys.” (Trending: Donald Trump Gets Great News)
“[Federal rules] cannot contravene a First Amendment right,” Trump’s team stated. “And to be meaningful in the unique circumstances of this case, that right must include a right of first-hand observation beyond those few dozen people who are able to squeeze into the courtroom.”
“Prohibiting cameras in the courtroom passes constitutional muster because the restriction on the manner of access is reasonable and promotes significant governmental interests. A content-neutral time, place, and manner restriction satisfies the First Amendment so long as it serves significant government interests, is narrowly tailored to those interests, and leaves open ample alternative channels for speech,” Mr. Smith’s prosecutors said.
“President Trump calls for sunlight,” they added. “Every person in America, and beyond, should have the opportunity to study this case firsthand and watch as, if there is a trial, President Trump exonerates himself of these baseless and politically motivated charges.”
The media outlets have argued for broadcasting the trial, citing First Amendment rights, while Smith’s prosecutors defend a ban on cameras in courtrooms.