New York (Dagbladet): Normally, television images from federal court cases are not allowed in the United States. However, in this case, a number of American media outlets demanded that the federal case be shown on television due to the exceptional circumstances.
In this case, Trump is accused of trying to overturn the election result after losing to incumbent President Joe Biden in the election in November 2020. In the period following the election, Trump and others are said to have made plans to hold on to the presidency. Strength despite defeat, and it all ended with a violent attack launched by Trump supporters on Congress on January 6, 2021.
The case is scheduled to begin on March 4 next year.
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Reports say that Trump’s lawyers on Friday submitted documents to the court as Trump requested it as well AP.
– I want everyone in the whole world to see this trial. The prosecution wants to continue this farce in the dark, and I want the sunlight, says the former president himself on stage during a campaign event in New Hampshire on Saturday evening, according to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”. The New York Times.
He denies any wrongdoing in any of the numerous cases in which he is involved. Instead, Trump describes the whole thing as a political witch hunt.
In court documents on Friday, Trump’s lawyers asserted that the indictment against the former president was politically motivated. Trump is also now the front-runner to become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in next year’s election.
Trump’s defenders also point out that Trump wants to use the trial as a platform to repeat his completely baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
“President Trump fully agrees, and in fact demands, that this entire trial be televised so that the American public can see with their own eyes that this case — like the others — is nothing more than a trumped-up, unconstitutional game that should never happen again,” write Trump’s attorney. .
Prosecutors do not want the trial to be televised, and point to a national ban on cameras in federal courtrooms. The US Department of Justice believes that cameras in courtrooms could be a problem because they could influence witnesses and attorneys.
– If the witness is photographed, he is not just a floating image, but rather exists forever. If there is an appeal or new trial, witnesses who have been criticized or harassed on social media may not want to testify again, the Justice Department wrote, according to the AP.
Problems are increasing
The legal problems continue to mount more and more around Trump.
This fall, he also spent several days in court in New York. Here he and his business organization are being sued by New York Attorney General Letitia James for widespread fraud. The judge in the case has already concluded that Trump committed fraud by inflating the value of his assets. He now risks a fine of $250 million (about NOK 2.75 billion) as well as losing the right to do business in the state.
In practical terms, this could destroy large parts of Trump’s real estate business. In this trial, photographers were allowed in for a few minutes at first, while photography was prohibited during the proceedings themselves.
In addition to this case, Trump faces 91 charges in four different criminal cases.
Judge Tanya Chutkan in the case already mentioned in Washington, D.C., made it clear that she appears to want to continue the case starting on March 4th. Chutkan was appointed judge by then-Democratic President Barack Obama.
Trump is also accused in another federal case in Florida of stealing secret documents with him from the White House to Mar-a-Lago and obstructing the attempts of the American authorities to recover them.
The judge in this case, Eileen Cannon, was appointed by Trump. It has allowed several deadlines to be pushed back, so the case is unlikely to start as planned in May next year.
Trump himself wants to postpone these matters as long as possible, ideally until after his likely victory in next year’s presidential election.
– Not a big surprise
However, some states allow television cameras in courtrooms. Therefore, the public was able to watch television images from the court proceedings in Georgia, where Trump and 18 other defendants are accused of trying to change the outcome of the election.
Trump was also charged in New York for his role in attempts to pay bribes to porn actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election. According to prosecutors, the money should have been paid so she would not speak publicly about an alleged affair with Trump. .
– It’s no surprise that former reality TV star Trump wants a direct impeachment trial. As in his testimony in the fraud case this week, he has chosen the strategy of creating a loud conflict to cover up the legal issues in his cases, and using the legal process to reinforce the message that he is a victim, and that injustices are at the core of his re-election campaign. The New York Times.
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