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Prosecutors Call Out Trump: ‘This Trial Should Be About The Facts And The Law, Not Politics’

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Special counsel Jack Smith has requested a judge to prevent Donald Trump’s lawyers from injecting politics into the former president’s trial on charges related to the 2020 election.

The motion aims to limit Trump’s ability to introduce certain arguments and topics, including claims of political persecution, blame on law enforcement, and discussions of potential punishment.

Prosecutors argue that these issues are irrelevant to the jury’s determination and could be prejudicial. (Trending: Trump Releases Must-See TV Ad Ahead of 2024)

“In addition to being wrong, these allegations are irrelevant to the jury’s determination of the defendant’s guilt or innocence, would be prejudicial if presented to the jury, and must be excluded,” prosecutors wrote.

“Although the defendant is entitled to cross-examine the Government’s law enforcement witnesses about matters fairly within the scope of their direct testimony, he cannot raise wholly irrelevant topics in an effort to confuse and distract the jury,” prosecutors said.

“Much as the defendant would like it otherwise, this trial should be about the facts and the law, not politics.”

“A bank robber cannot defend himself by blaming the bank’s security guard for failing to stop him,” prosecutors wrote.

“A fraud defendant cannot claim to the jury that his victims should have known better than to fall for his scheme. And the defendant cannot argue that law enforcement should have prevented the violence he caused and obstruction he intended.”

The trial, currently on hold due to an immunity appeal, is scheduled for March 4 in federal court in Washington.

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