In a discovery letter filed last week in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, Trump’s legal team in the Jan. 6 case demanded that the Department of Justice and special counsel Jack Smith provide documents such as undercover agents, informants, and others who were at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Trump’s team wrote, "Please provide all documents regarding informants, cooperators, undercover agents, or anyone acting in a similar capacity on behalf or at the behest of the Department of Justice or any law enforcement agency" who was present at or within five miles of the Capitol that day, and who were involved in the "assistance, planning or encouragement of any activities related to the protest, breach, or trespassing" of the Capitol.
The attorneys also requested documents regarding requests for security, the National Guard, or law enforcement in relation to the rally that occurred on the Ellipse earlier in the day or any other protest that occurred within the city on Jan. 6, 2021.
The team requested to know the identities of all Capitol Police officers present at the Capitol that day and interview notes, statements, recordings or written messages from these officers.
"The discovery contains some FBI 302s for investigations related to events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Please provide all FBI 302s, reports (including FD-1057s), and other memoranda for those investigations, including investigations related to foreign interference efforts by foreign actors to support and exacerbate events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021," the filing reads.
The filing later adds, "please provide all documents reflecting statements by any member of the prosecution team indicating an intent or effort to stop or hinder President Trump from becoming President of the United States."
The team has found a number of documents in the discovery that were redacted, and the team is requesting that the government explain why each redaction was made.
The case is set to begin on March 4, 2024 in DC. Judge Tanya Chutkan in mid-November threw out a request from the Trump team to remove "inflammatory allegations" regarding Jan. 6, 2021 from the indictment against him, with Trump’s team stating that as Trump has not been charged with the actions of others at the Capitol on Jan. 6, those references should be removed.
Earlier in November, a DC appeals court placed a temporary stay on a gag order placed on Trump by Chutkan.
This comes as House Speaker Mike Johnson on November 17 released tens of thousands of hours of security camera footage from inside the Capitol on Jan. 6.
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