Attorneys for Donald Trump filed a motion in DC District Court on November 27 asking the judge to force prosecutors to turn over all evidence on voting irregularities and possible foreign election interference in the 2020 presidential election, the Associated Press reported.
Arguing that Trump had a “good faith” basis to question the election results, his lawyers said the former president was under no obligation to accept the judgments of government officials at face value. The filing alleges that foreign actors could have influenced the 2020 election and that federal officials at the time gave “false assurances” to the American people about how secure the election was.
The motion asks the judge to force Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office to produce any information that Trump’s lawyers claim would aid in their defense, including “actual and attempted compromises of election infrastructure,” the “impact of foreign influence,” and any evidence of “political bias” within the intelligence community that could have influenced its assessment of the 2020 election.
The special counsel’s team alleges that Donald Trump ignored the findings of the courts, as well as his own attorney general and Homeland Security Department to launch a plot to overturn the results of the 2020 and block the peaceful transfer of power.
But in their 37-page motion, Trump’s attorneys assert that the former president had every reason to question the election results.
The motion also cites Russia’s efforts to undermine confidence in the 2016 election while glossing over the fact that the intelligence community determined that Moscow preferred Trump over Hillary Clinton.
The motion also asks the judge to force the prosecution to turn over all documents related to the January 6 riot at the Capitol in hopes of finding statements by prosecutors in Jan 6 cases that could conflict with the Special Counsel’s assertion that Trump was responsible for the violence that occurred.