Former President Donald Trump argued on Thursday that special counsel Jack Smith and other prosecutors should be held in contempt of the district court for violating its order.
He claimed that Smith was using the docket as an arm of the Biden Campaign.
On December 13, District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan halted the former president’s 2020 election case proceedings pending an appeal of her ruling that did not dismiss the case on the grounds of presidential immunity.
On Thursday, Trump’s attorneys petitioned the court to issue an order mandating that prosecutors provide justifications for their exemption from contempt charges and the withdrawal of their filings.
The prosecution submitted 4,000 pages of “additional discovery” on December 17 and a “exhibit list” on December 18, according to presidential attorneys.
New: Trump’s legal team seeks to hold special counsel Jack Smith in contempt for purportedly violating the court’s order staying proceedings in district court. https://t.co/ZOzysOjBvw pic.twitter.com/i4kDTet5jP
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Smith has persistently advocated for expediting the process so as to preserve the trial date of March 4, which was imperiled by Trump’s immunity appeal.
On December 22, the Supreme Court denied his petition to preside over the immunity issue prior to the subordinate court’s deliberation on the matter.
On January 9, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in support of Trump’s appeal.