Special Counsel Jack Smith’s team meticulously detailed the evidence against former President Trump, aiming to demonstrate his motive and awareness in a plan to impede the peaceful transfer of power.
This development came to light in a recent 9-page filing that seeks to introduce evidence highlighting Trump’s actions both before and after the alleged conspiracy, as outlined in his indictment.
Prosecution’s Case: Trump’s history of election challenges, actions by associates
The prosecution intends to present a series of Trump’s comments dating back to 2012, highlighting his consistent efforts to question the legitimacy of election results not in his favor.
This includes his reluctance to accept the outcomes of both the 2016 and 2020 elections.
Additionally, the prosecutors plan to present evidence regarding the actions of Trump’s associates, including inciting riots at a Detroit vote-counting center and targeting a Republican National Committee attorney who disputed Trump’s fraud claims.
Trump’s campaign employee accused of inciting riot at TCF Center
One significant aspect of the filing is the mention of a Trump campaign employee who allegedly encouraged rioting at the TCF Center in Detroit, where vote counts were showing a lead for President Biden.
Trump is accused of making false claims about the election activities at the TCF Center, while his agent allegedly attempted to instigate a riot to disrupt the count.
Prosecution: Trump’s pattern of election result refusal and intent to retain power
The filing emphasizes Trump’s long history of refusing to accept election results, arguing this pattern demonstrates his motive, intent, and plan to obstruct the certification of the 2020 election and illegitimately retain power.
These actions, according to prosecutors, include a range of statements Trump made about elections, his reluctance to concede defeat and his recent expressions of sympathy for rioters and attempts to incite harassment against perceived threats.
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Prosecution links Trump’s past election claims to ongoing false narrative
The prosecution’s strategy involves linking Trump’s past false claims about elections, like the 2012 and 2016 instances of alleged voter fraud, to his ongoing narrative.
These claims, they argue, are part of a consistent plan to blame fraud for unfavorable election outcomes falsely.
Smith highlights Trump’s recent actions, accuses him of inciting violence
Furthermore, the filing delves into Trump’s more recent activities, accusing him of consistently making remarks that incite violence.
This includes his message to the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” and disparaging comments about individuals, leading to threats and harassment by his supporters.
Trump’s support for Capitol rioters and prosecution’s argument
The filing highlights Trump’s unwavering support for the rioters who stormed the Capitol after his speech on January 6.
Prosecutors contend that these comments reveal Trump’s motive and intent on that day — to send supporters, including groups like the Proud Boys, to the Capitol to obstruct the congressional certification process.
Prosecution’s request for evidence approval in Trump case
The request to include this universe of statements and evidence still awaits approval by Judge Tanya Chutkan.
However, it demonstrates the prosecution’s belief in the wealth of information available, from Trump’s long-standing grievances about elections to his recent actions and statements.