Former President Donald Trump’s legal team on Thursday filed a series of motions to dismiss the classified documents case brought by special counsel Jack Smith.

The four motions argue that the case should be dismissed on presidential immunity grounds; that Smith’s appointment as special prosecutor was illegal; that Smith accused Trump of statutes that should not apply to the former president’s behavior based on unclear precedent in the Constitution; and that Trump should have been able to have custody of the documents in question, even after he was president, because of the Presidential Records Act.

The filings came as Trump’s team faced a Thursday deadline to file motions to dismiss.

Trump pleaded not guilty last June to 37 criminal charges related to his handling of classified materials, after prosecutors said he repeatedly refused to return hundreds of documents containing classified information ranging from U.S. nuclear secrets to the capabilities of defense of the nation, and took measures to thwart the government’s measures. efforts to recover the documents.

His former collaborator, Walt Nauta, also pleaded not guilty to related charges.

PHOTO: Former President Donald Trump leaves the courtroom on the third day of his civil fraud trial in New York State Supreme Court on October 4, 2023, in New York.

Former President Donald Trump leaves the courtroom on the third day of his civil fraud trial in New York State Supreme Court on October 4, 2023, in New York.

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A superseding indictment later charged Trump, Nauta and Carlos De Oliveira, head of maintenance at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property, with two counts of obstruction based on allegations that the defendants attempted to delete images of surveillance video at Mar-a-Lago in summer 2022.

Trump has denied all charges and denounced the investigation as a political witch hunt.

By Sam