Trump Attorneys Request Records from DOJ, Pence, and Biden

By Jerry McConway, updated on November 30, 2023

The Trump legal team is firing on all cylinders now, requesting records regarding various communications involving the Department of Justice, former Vice President Mike Pence, and Joe Biden.

The requested records are relative to the January 6 election case brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith.

Talking Points…

  • The case
  • Records request
  • Analysis

Jack Smith January 6 Case

Smith was very clever in putting this case together, hitting Trump with multiple charges that can all be proven with the same evidence.

This is a safety net of sorts for Smith, who can lose one aspect of the case while winning others, giving him better grounds to keep a guilty verdict in place if a ruling is overturned on appeal.

Smith has hit Trump with four charges in this case: a count of conspiring to defraud the government, another of conspiring to disenfranchise voters, and two counts related to corruptly obstructing a congressional proceeding.

In terms of Trump being found guilty, the Smith cases are, by far, the biggest challenges for Trump.

Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., a Harvard Law School professor, explained:

"The strength of the indictment is that it is very narrowly written.

"The government is not attempting to prove too much, but rather it went for low-hanging fruit."

Trump Attorneys Request Records

This move by Trump's attorneys appears to be aimed at revealing pressure that was allegedly applied to then-Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump attorneys John Lauro and Todd Blanche argued:

"The potential criminal charges faced by Vice President Pence gave him an incentive to curry favor with authorities by providing information that is consistent with the Biden Administration's preferred, and false, narrative regarding this case."

They go on to argue that the entire case is nothing more than a political attack against Trump.

The attorneys argued:

"The indictment in this case reflects little more than partisan advocacy designed to sabotage President Trump's leading campaign for the 2024 President[ial] Election.

"Consistent with that improper and unlawful goal, the Special Counsel's Office has chosen to rely on the views of witnesses who aligned with the Biden Administration's political viewpoints, and to treat those biased opinions as objective and irrefutable truths regarding the integrity of the 2020 election and the events of January 6, 2021."

They also claim they will prove how the election was "rigged" during the trial, but also stated that there is no way Trump can be found "responsible" for the events that took place on January 6 because prosecutors are refusing to turn over information regarding security measures and undercover operatives by law enforcement that were allegedly put in place at the Capitol that day.

The attorneys stated:

"For the reasons already discussed, evidence that agents or analysts queried FISA databases because they suspected that the events of January 6 were influenced by foreign actors is favorable to President Trump because it suggests that, prior to this case, the government did not believe he was 'responsible' for incidents on that day."

Smith's office has not yet commented or responded to Trump's legal team's request for the records.

Analysis

I have always stated that I thought it would not be very smart for Trump to attend the rally, and that dates back to before the rally was even being held.

It just seemed apparent to me that only bad things would come of this, especially after reports surfaced that extra security measures were declined by then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

If Trump gets those security records, it could be very damning for the case that Smith is presenting, but we also have to realize that Trump is up against it with a judge, Judge Chutkan, that appears to have made up her mind regarding Trump's guilt.

She has made some very critical remarks about Trump without actually naming him during other sentencing trials.

These federal cases hold the keys to the White House for Trump, as current polling has him losing about half his support if he is found guilty of a felony before the general election.

The unfortunate thing for voters is that these cases will conclude after the primary election, which has only fed the idea that these trial dates were lined up to prevent Trump from winning.

The worst-case scenario for Republicans is if Trump wins the nomination, then a guilty verdict comes down with the general election looming.

If that scenario plays out, something tells me there will be a slew of lawsuits filed by the Republican Party accusing the Department of Justice, Merrick Garland, and Joe Biden of election interference.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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