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Prosecutors In Classified Files Case Say Trump Team's Version Of Events 'Inaccurate And Distorted'

Jack SmithProsecutors in the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump told a judge Friday that defense lawyers had painted an “inaccurate and distorted picture of events” and had unfairly sought to “cast a cloud of suspicion” over government officials who were simply trying to do their jobs.

The comments came in a court filing responding to a Trump team request from last month that sought to force prosecutors to turn over a trove of information that defense lawyers believe is relevant to the case.


Biden wins South Carolina Democratic primary for presidential nomination

Biden wins SC Democratic primaryPresident Joe Biden has again won the South Carolina presidential primary, his first formal primary win of the election season.

Amid low voter turnout, the Associated Press projected that Biden also won all 55 of the state’s Democratic delegates. Another seven delegates are pledged by party leaders and elected officials, such as South Carolina’s lone Democratic congressman, Jim Clyburn. Neither Dean Phillips, the congressman from Minnesota, nor author Marianne Williamson received at least 15% of the statewide vote or 15% of the vote in any congressional district, the threshold necessary to win delegates.

The president sent out a statement shortly after the results were called in his favor, specifically highlighting Black voters, who comprise 26% of state residents and a significant portion of the Democratic voting base in South Carolina.


Special counsel mounts forceful — and unusual — defense of Trump classified documents case

Jack Smith

Special counsel Jack Smith used a routine legal filing Friday to offer a forceful public rebuttal against Donald Trump’s claims that his criminal prosecution for allegedly hoarding classified documents has been infected by politics and legal impropriety.

The 68-page document began with what Smith’s team described as an effort to correct false assertions the former president had made about the nature of the case against him.

“It is necessary to set the record straight on the underlying facts that led to this prosecution,” the prosecutors argued. “The government will clear the air on those issues … because the defendants’ misstatements, if unanswered, leave a highly misleading impression.”

17-year-old alleged ‘serial swatter’ charged after police say he made threats throughout the country

17 year old serial swatter

A 17-year-old “serial swatter” from California is believed to be responsible for hundreds of swatting incidents and bomb threats throughout the United States and is now facing charges in Florida, according to a pretrial detention motion.

Alan Filion was extradited to Florida on January 30 to face charges for a swatting incident at a mosque, according to the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office.

Swatting is making a false report to the police with the intention of luring them to a location by saying a violent crime has taken place or is in progress.


US judge delays Trump's federal 2020 election subversion trial

US Judge delays trial

A US judge has formally postponed Donald Trump’s trial on federal charges that the former president sought to overturn the 2020 election results.

The trial was due to start on 4 March in Washington before the delay ordered from the federal judge Tanya Chutkan.

Trial delays in general are not unusual in court cases. The delay in Trump’s trial in particular stems from an appeal by the ex-president that claims he is immune to prosecution for actions taken while he was in the Oval Office.

Chutkan had indicated in January that Trump’s original trial date – chosen last summer – would not hold because the case had been frozen by the former president’s appeal.


Fani Willis says she's staying on Donald Trump's Georgia election case despite accusations

Fani WillisFulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on Friday refused to step down over a relationship with the private lawyer she hired as special proecutor in the election fraud case against former President Donald Trump and 14 others, saying she had done nothing wrong.

"In 2022, District Attorney Willis and I developed a personal relationship in addition to our professional association and friendship," special prosecutor Nathan Wade said in court documents filed on Friday. "I have no financial interest in the outcome of the 2020 election interference case orin the conviction of any defendant."

"To be absolutely clear, the personal relationship between Special Prosecutor Wade and District Attorney Willis has never involved direct or indirect financial benefit to District Attorney Willis," the DA's office said in a court filing.

Willis has charged Trump and a host of other attorneys, campaign officials, and election workers over their alleged – and unsuccessful – efforts to overturn Joe Biden's 2020 victory in the state.


Special counsel questioned witnesses about 2 rooms FBI didn’t search inside Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence: Sources

Special counsel questioned witness about secret room at Mar a Lago

Special counsel Jack Smith’s team has questioned several witnesses about a closet and a so-called “hidden room” inside former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago that the FBI didn’t check while searching the estate in August 2022, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

As described to ABC News, the line of questioning in several interviews ahead of Trump’s indictment last year on classified document charges suggests that — long after the FBI seized dozens of boxes and more than 100 documents marked classified from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate — Smith’s team was trying to determine if there might still be more classified documents there.


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