Jack Smith's prosecutors accuse Trump defense of 'hijacking' hearing

 June 26, 2024

Special Counsel Jack Smith's classified documents case against former President Donald Trump was once said by some legal experts to be a slam dunk. 

However, that sentiment has drastically changed, which has been proven time and time again in some of the recent hearings in Judge Aileen Cannon's courtroom.

According to ABC News, during a hearing regarding a motion filed by the defense to have the case dismissed, among other requests, the situation became tense when one of Smith's prosecutors accused Trump's lawyers of "hijacking" the hearing.

Trump's lawyers focused their motion to dismiss based on evidence collection procedures carried out during the Mar-a-Lago raid.

What's going on?

Prosecutor David Harbach, who previously entered a shouting match with the judge and was forced to apologize, claimed that Trump's legal defense team was engaged in "hijacking" the hearing with "far-fetched" allegations regarding the case.

"There is no hijacking going on -- it's about to end," Judge Cannon shot back.

Harbach argued that it wasn't "fair" that Trump's lawyers were raising issues that had "nothing to do" with the case or trial. It marked the second time Harbach made headlines for his comments.

While Trump's lawyers tried whatever they could try, it was noted that Judge Cannon seemed "skeptical" of their argument regarding the evidence collection procedures that they say were botched, therefore calling on the case to be thrown out completely.

ABC News noted:

The judge generally appeared skeptical of the defense argument that the evidence seized from the FBI's August 2022 search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate should be tossed because of a lack of specificity in the search warrant.

The outlet added:

During the 90-minute hearing, Cannon repeatedly told Trump's lawyers she was "unclear" how they believed the warrant and subsequent search should have been conducted, saying their arguments appeared "far afield."

Enormous property

Trump defense lawyer Emil Bove argued that the agents went too far in their raid, even pointing to how rooms belonging to Melania Trump and Barron Trump were rummaged through.

Judge Cannon ultimately pressed Harbach on why the search was extended to those rooms, asking if evidence pointed to such a scenario.

"No direct evidence of that," said Harbach, adding that he believed it was necessary to search those rooms as documents had already been discovered in "odd" places.

Only time will tell if Trump's lawyers are able to convince the judge that the case should be quashed.


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