Former President Donald Trump on Thursday asked the district court to hold Special Jack Smith and his team of prosecutors in contempt for violating the court order.
Donald Trump’s attorneys have filed a motion calling for special counsel Jack Smith to be held in contempt of court. @AlinaHabba will join us for more on Trump’s “powerhouse” motion TONIGHT at 9pm ET on “Hannity”!
— Sean Hannity 🇺🇸 (@seanhannity) January 5, 2024
Smith indicted the former president over his alleged role in the January 6 Capitol protest. Trump, however, requested the case be dismissed, arguing that his actions on the day of the protest were protected under the presidential immunity clause.
District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan denied Trump’s request, forcing the former president to appeal Chutkan’s ruling to the D.C. Appeals Court. Chutkan paused proceedings, pending Trump’s appeal.
Former President Trump asked a federal judge Thursday to hold Justice Department Special Counsel Jack Smith in contempt in the ex-president’s criminal case for trying to overturn the 2020 election, as the case remains on pause while Trump tries to have it dismissed. pic.twitter.com/kuxxkSYXL0
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Despite Chutkan’s order, Smith continued to file documents on the suspended deadlines. Smith and his team filed 4,000 pages of “additional discovery” on Dec. 17 and an “exhibit list” on Dec. 18.
forcing Trump’s lawyers to file a 15-page filing alleging that the special counsel violates the court’s clear order.
“In this manner, the prosecutors seek to weaponize the Stay to spread political propaganda, knowing that President Trump would not fully respond because the Court relieved him of the burdens of litigation during the Stay,” they wrote. “Worse, the prosecutors have announced their intention to continue this partisan-driven misconduct indefinitely, effectively converting this Court’s docket into an arm of the Biden Campaign.”
Trump’s legal team wants the court to issue an order requiring prosecutors to show why they should not be held in contempt and be required to withdraw their filings, the former president’s lawyers also demanded that the court ask Smith’s team to provide monetary sanctions in the amount of President Trump’s reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred in responding to Smith’s violation of the order.
Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung confirmed news of the former president filing in a statement shared on X.
“President Trump has filed a powerhouse motion to hold Crooked Joe Biden’s henchman, Deranged Jack Smith, in contempt of Court for repeatedly violating the stay order in the Washington DC J6 Witch Hunt…” pic.twitter.com/g62pofK4wJ
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) January 4, 2024
“President Trump has filed a powerhouse motion to hold Crooked Joe Biden’s henchman, Deranged Jack SMith, in contempt of Court for repeatedly violating the stay order in the Washington DC J6 Witch Hunt,” Cheung said. “Smith was ordered to not take any further action in the trial court until the Presidential Immunity issue is resolved, which should be a full dismissal of this ‘case’ because President Trump was carrying out his duty as president to investigate 2020 Presidential Election…No prosecutor is above the law.”