(Patriot.Buzz) – In the face of a clear violation of a court-ordered pause in the legal case against him, former President Donald Trump firmly criticized special counsel Jack Smith’s attempt to disregard proper proceedings.
This high-profile case revolves around accusations of Trump’s purported efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. In an assertive response, Trump’s legal team is now seeking to hold Smith in contempt of court.
The core of the issue lies in a stay of proceedings granted by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, an appointee of President Obama. This stay was issued following Trump’s legal team’s appeal against Chutkan’s dismissal of their motion to dismiss the case.
The appeal focused on presidential immunity and double jeopardy arguments and was accepted by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Despite this development, Trump’s attorneys have highlighted that Smith’s team has continued to submit thousands of pages of discovery and other documents, clearly violating the stay.
In a strongly worded 15-page filing, Trump’s lawyers accused the prosecutors of engaging in malicious conduct and spreading political propaganda. They assert that this behavior is part of a strategy to use the court as a tool for political ends, specifically to boost Joe Biden’s re-election campaign.
Trump’s legal team is asking the federal court in Washington, D.C., to instruct prosecutors to justify their actions and potentially face contempt charges. They are also seeking the prosecutors’ filings withdrawal, a prohibition on future submissions without court approval, and monetary sanctions to cover legal fees and expenses incurred due to this situation.
In her order granting the stay, Judge Chutkan clarified that the pause was meant to halt moving the case toward trial or adding litigation burdens on Trump. However, she also noted that the protective measures, such as the gag order against Trump, would remain effective unless overruled by a higher court.
Amidst this legal tussle, the Supreme Court has opted not to rush the review of presidential immunity in Trump’s case. A federal appeals court is set to conduct oral arguments on January 9, with the trial tentatively scheduled for March 4, coinciding with the Super Tuesday. This schedule is subject to change based on the resolution of the presidential immunity issue.
Trump is concurrently battling three other criminal cases and various civil litigations. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing and described the investigations as a politically motivated witch hunt.