(RepublicanNews.org) – With even legacy outlets confirming that former President Donald Trump’s indictments have seemed to boost his standing amongst American voters, it likely comes as a surprise to few that the ex-Commander-in-Chief wants his upcoming election interference trial to be nationally televised. The former head-of-state’s attorneys formalized the request on November 10th.
According to the New York Times, a number of outlets have already asked Judge Tanya Chutkan the same thing, though the official has yet to render a decision. The paper reports that while the presence of cameras should not yet be considered an outright impossibility, it will take a fight to see them placed in the courtroom.
Camera access has already reportedly been granted in Trump’s Georgia case, but his Washington, D.C. proceedings are subject to different federal restrictions and laws. According to the outlet, rules that govern federal cases “generally prohibit cameras” from being placed in courtrooms, while state regulations are typically less restrictive.
In their request to Judge Chutkan, Trump’s lawyers opined that a broadcasted trial was necessary because the prosecutor, special counsel Jack Smith, was hoping to pursue the ex-President in secret and behind closed doors away from the prying eyes of the public. The Times reports that their plea came in spite of the fact that Smith insists he has already held a number of public hearings and made countless filings in the case that are widely available.
Four days after Trump’s attorneys made their request, Smith’s office commented that the former President and his team are hoping to use the trial to create the equivalent of “a carnival atmosphere.” Trump’s related indictment in the case asserts that he not only attempted to overturn the 2020 election results, but that he did so using information he knew matter-of-factly to be false.
In their counter-filing, Smith argued that there is a decades-old courtroom broadcast prohibition that has always been recognized regardless of who the defendant is.
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