Thursday, July 25, 2024

Trump moved to dismiss his classified documents indictment, citing a presidential ban

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday urged a federal judge in Florida to dismiss his classified documents lawsuit based on presidential immunity.

“President Trump's alleged decision to designate records as private under the PRA and remove them from the White House — which is contained in Counts 1 through 32 of the superseding indictment — is an official act of the current president,” the former president's lawyers wrote. In court documents filed in federal court in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“President Trump is entitled to immunity for this official act and immunity from criminal prosecution,” they added.

This file photo from the indictment against former President Donald Trump shows boxes of records with their contents scattered in a storage room at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., on Dec. 7, 2021. on the ground.Department of Justice via AP File

Trump publicly filed three motions Thursday night, arguing that the impeachment charges against him should be dismissed because of the vagueness of the law relating to presidents, special counsel appointments and the Presidential Records Act, alleging unconstitutionality.

Trump's attorneys filed three additional requests that were privately emailed to the court for review.

Trump's lawyers have pointed out Filing Last month, they will argue that prosecutors conducted a “politically motivated and biased” investigation into her handling of classified documents in an attempt to taint her 2024 bid.

The former president has pleaded guilty to charges of knowingly withholding national security information related to classified documents found at his Florida estate more than a year after leaving office and ordered the firing of a Mar-a-Lago employee. Property Security Video.

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Co-defendants Walt Nauta, a top aide, and Carlos de Oliveira, a maintenance supervisor at Mar-a-Lago, have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from allegations that they were involved in attempting to remove security footage.

De Oliveira also filed a motion Thursday to dismiss his charges.

A federal appeals court this month rejected a similar immunity argument in Trump's federal election case in Washington, D.C., brought by the office of special counsel Jack Smith.

A spokesman for Smith's office, Peter Carr, said Friday morning that the office declined to comment on Trump's movements.

A panel for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found in that case that there was no basis for Trump's claims of blanket immunity for any actions taken while in office.

Trump appealed the decision to the Supreme Court. He is innocent.

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