Prosecutors responded to Trump’s accusations of political bias in the secret documents case

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Special Counsel Jack Smith’s legal team on Friday rejected the former president Donald Trump‘s Allegations of political bias In the case of secret documents filed against him in Florida.

the File of 67 pages This came in response to efforts by Trump’s lawyers to persuade prosecutors to turn over some documents they claim would serve as evidence of bias and misconduct surrounding records recovered from the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence. Smith’s team urged the court to deny Trump’s request in its entirety.

“Discovery requests must be based on specific, case-related demands as to the material elements of the defense preparation,” prosecutors wrote. “Instead of meeting these standards,” they added, Trump’s team was seeking records “based on speculative, unsupported, and false theories about political bias and hostility.”

This photo, included in the indictment against former President Donald Trump, shows boxes of records stored in the bathroom and shower of the lagoon room at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.  Trump faces 37 criminal charges related to corruption.  Mishandling of classified documents according to the indictment unsealed on Friday, June 9, 2023. (Justice Department via AP) (Justice Dept. via AP)

Prosecutors asserted that Trump’s latest court filing sought to “cast a cloud of doubt over responsible actions by public officials who are diligently doing their jobs.”

“The referral to offices with authority to consider security concerns arising from the revelation that Trump possessed secret records at Mar-a-Lago was again entirely appropriate and in no way indicative of political bias,” they wrote.

Prosecutors also objected to the Trump team’s timeline of events leading up to the Mar-a-Lago search. They defended the official referral made by the National Archives and Records Administration to the Department of Justice February 2022 They said it came after “months of effort” to recover government documents from Trump after he left office.

A spokesperson and Trump’s lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday night.

Friday’s filing comes after Trump’s lawyers noted in a filing Deposit Last month, they will argue that prosecutors conducted a “politically motivated and biased” investigation into the former president’s handling of classified documents with the aim of hurting his 2024 bid.

Trump’s lawyers had highlighted this His victory in the Iowa caucuses Prosecutors were accused of ignoring discovery obligations and Justice Department policy in an attempt on behalf of the Biden administration to slow Trump’s presidential campaign.

Trump has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, which relate to intentionally retaining national defense information regarding classified documents disclosed at his Mar-a-Lago property more than a year after he left office, and planning to delete security video at the Mar-a-Lago property.

Co-defendants Walt Nauta, a top aide, and Carlos de Oliveira, a maintenance supervisor at Mar-a-Lago, have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from allegations that they also participated in an attempt to delete the security video.

The case is currently scheduled to go to trial in May. It was initially expected to begin after Trump’s trial related to subverting the federal election in Washington, D.C., but the judge overseeing this case Delayed The trial was scheduled for Friday, and she wrote that it would not begin on March 4. The appeals court has not yet considered Trump’s argument that the case should be dismissed on the grounds of presidential immunity.

The postponement in Washington means that it is likely that Manhattan District Attorney’s caseScheduled to begin on March 25, the next trial will be for the former president. Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records related to alleged financial payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels, which were filed shortly before the conclusion of his 2016 presidential campaign. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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