Trump attorneys hint at classified documents defense in new petition.

 In a motion filed Tuesday, former President Donald Trump's lawyers hinted that they would dispute prosecutors' claims that the estate where the records were stored was insecure.

The defense team also requested communication between the Justice Department prosecution team and Biden associates in a broad court filing to support their claims that the classified documents case is “politically motivated” and designed to harm Trump's 2024 campaign.

The brief, which asks a court to order special counsel Jack Smith's team to give over a wealth of evidence, provides the most detailed look of prospective defenses in one of Trump's four criminal cases to win the Republican nominee and recapture the White House.

It combines legal research and political bombast typical of Trump team motions. It references Trump's record Iowa caucus victory and calls the charges “partisan election interference”—familiar statements from the ex-president's lawyers that seem to appeal to campaign voters as well as the judge.

Trump's lawyers wrote that the Special Counsel's Office has ignored basic discovery obligations and DOJ policies to support the Biden Administration's egregious efforts to weaponize the criminal justice system to slow President Trump's leading campaign in the 2024 presidential election.

The Justice Department and the White House did not coordinate during the FBI's August 2022 search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, which found dozens of classified documents he had taken with him when he left the White House, despite Trump's claims. Months later, Attorney General Merrick Garland nominated Smith as special counsel to protect the Justice Department from political influence.

Smith's spokesperson denied comment Tuesday night. After reviewing the document, prosecutors will likely inform U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon that most of the defense counsel' requested information is irrelevant.

An indictment accusing Trump with hundreds of felonies states that investigators uncovered boxes of sensitive papers recklessly kept at Mar-a-Lago in a ballroom, bathroom, shower, bedroom, and storage room in June 2023. Prosecutors say the documents he hid, failed to return, and showed guests threatened foreign relations, military, and classified sources. 

They demanded that prosecutors divulge all information on “temporary secure locations” at Mar-a-Lago and other Trump properties. They said that the Secret Service secured the houses and arranged for him to examine and discuss secret information, refuting prosecutors' claims. Trump's attorneys also cited an Energy Department effort in June to “retroactively terminate” his security clearance after the accusations were filed.

They wanted further proof of a post-presidential security clearance for “good-faith and non-criminal states of mind relating to possession of classified materials.”

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