Donald Trump has been accused by Special Counsel Jack Smith of “making daily out-of-court statements that threaten to damage the jury” in the 2020 election process against the former president.
Mr. Smith's allegations against the 2024 Republican frontrunner regarding his potential influence on the Washington DC jury have been filed in a new file in the federal criminal case.
It is a court battle between the Office of the Special Counsel and Mr Trump's legal team over a file the Justice Department wants sealed.
According to CNN, Mr Smith's testimony came after federal prosecutors on Tuesday attempted to keep court documents partially classified and partially publicly available.
Mr Trump's team then argued that the filings should not be made public until they have 14 days to respond to them.
“Such a requirement would stall the litigation in this case, which is impracticable, particularly given the urgency of matters before the court – including the defendant's day-to-day extrajudicial statements that threaten to impinge on the jury pool in this case, as detailed in the government's motion.” is.” the Special Prosecutor’s Office explained.
Mr Trump has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he tried to overturn the 2020 election he lost to Joe Biden.
The four-time indicted former president has made a series of offensive remarks against Mr Smith, whom he has described as a “mad” prosecutor with “uncontrolled and insane aggression”.
Mr Trump also used his Truth Social platform to attack US District Judge Tanya Chutkan as “highly biased” and “VERY PARTIAL AND UNFAIR”! for her comments on the sentencing of a person convicted of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Judge Chutkan gave Mr Smith and Mr Trump's team more time to file briefs on how the prosecution's submission should be released in the public record.