(ReliableNews.org) – Former President Donald Trump is currently fighting four criminal charges against him related to his alleged actions after the 2020 election. His attorneys recently tried to subpoena records from the January 6 committee. On November 27, US District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan denied Trump’s motion.
The former president’s legal team wanted to subpoena records from the January 6 committee, Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), other members of the committee, and federal officials. The motion claimed the officials withheld materials related to the January 6 investigation into the riot at the Capitol Building. The legal filing demanded all of the so-called “missing materials” and any communications about them.
Trump’s lawyers alleged Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation had a “significant overlap” with the House committee’s probe.
Chutkan determined the former president had “not sufficiently justified his requests” for the alleged missing materials. She pointed out a letter Trump’s legal team cited contradicts his request. They wanted all materials sent to the executive branch, but the government claims it didn’t even send any material under most of the categories listed on the motion.
The judge also pointed out that Trump asked for and received some of the materials he requested. And when the government reported that fact, the former president’s legal team didn’t dispute the claims. She went on to say that the request by Trump’s attorneys appears to be a “fishing expedition,” and they are using the discovery process as the tool to obtain the records.
The case against Trump is set to go to trial in March and begin the day before Super Tuesday, a day when several states hold primary elections. He tried to delay the case, but Chutkan previously denied that motion. That means he will be sitting in a courtroom during one of the most important periods of the 2024 campaign.
Trump has pleaded not guilty in the case.
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