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Donald Trump pushes for live broadcast of his election subversion trial | Donald Trump

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Donald Trump’s lawyers have requested permission to live stream his courtroom trial on charges of conspiring to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election so that the former commander in chief can publicly assert that the procedure is unfair.

The legal filing filed Friday evening, citing unsubstantiated allegations that Trump was the victim of persecution by Biden in the White House, supports efforts by news organizations to provide live television coverage from inside the trial, which is expected to begin in March 2024.

A rule in place for decades prohibits television broadcasts of criminal and civil proceedings in federal courts, which the public can usually attend in person. The five-page brief filed by Trump’s lawyers does not mention this rule.

“The prosecution wishes to continue this travesty in the dark. President Trump calls for sunlight,” the filing claims, as first reported by Politico. “Every person in America and beyond should have the opportunity to study this matter for themselves and see, if there is a trial, President Trump exonerate himself of these baseless and politically motivated accusations. »

The filing ends with Trump’s reaffirmation that he believes the election was “rigged and stolen.”

Prosecutors in the case cited the federal court’s ruling barring broadcasting in response to efforts by many media outlets to obtain permission to cover the trial live on television. The government also argued that a televised broadcast of the trial could pose risks to the proceedings, including facilitating the potential intimidation of witnesses and jurors.

Media outlets cited in their arguments the unusual level of public interest in the case and expected problems accommodating trial spectators in the courthouse.

Trump is battling four criminal charges and several civil lawsuits, trying to turn legal risk into a platform for voters ahead of the race for the 2024 Republican White House nomination.

Trump, widely seen as the favorite to become the Republican nominee in next year’s presidential election, was placed under a silence that bans him from using social media platforms to denounce prosecutors, potential witnesses and staff of the court. The ex-president has complained that the silence harms his presidential campaign as well as his free speech rights under the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

Live television coverage could be used to circumvent this gag.

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Before the silence order was enforced, Trump called the special prosecutor assigned to the case in question – Jack Smith – “deranged.” The former president had also commented on the grand jury testimony of his former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

Prosecutors in the case said Trump was clearly seeking to “send an unequivocal and threatening message to a predictable witness in this case.”

In late October, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ruled in favor of implementing the hush order, after previously opting to temporarily suspend the measure. The judge also rejected Trump’s request to stay the order while his lawyers appeal to a higher court.

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