Donald Trump’s legal team is working hard to acquire access to evidence they believe is critical to the former president’s case in Washington, DC. According to Trump, the government has not provided him or his attorneys with critical material, while the government argues that the requested information is irrelevant to the case.
Judge Tanya Chutkan refused Trump’s attempt to subpoena data from the House January 6 Committee in November, claiming that the request was too broad and amounted to a “fishing expedition.” The Trump camp claimed that the inquiry had significant overlap with Smith’s case.
Smith, who opposed the motion, claimed that the government had no control over the information Trump was seeking, that it did not appear to exist, and that there was no legal basis for its discovery. Smith argues that Trump’s motions should be denied.
Former US Attorney Joy Vance explained on her Substack page that defendants are only privy to information that is relevant to their defence. She stated that such speculative requests do not warrant an expanded search for new material by the government. Furthermore, Vance cited a strategy known as “graymail,” in which Trump’s lawyers request information from the government, hoping that charges will be dropped to protect national secrets.
The DC case against Trump centres on his alleged involvement in attempting to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election, as well as his role in the January 6 attack on the Capitol building. He is accused of conspiring to defraud the United States, obstructing an official proceeding, obstructing an official proceeding, and conspiring against rights. Trump has denied all of the allegations levelled against him.