Indictment by Special Counsel Jack Smith, released last week, portrays Donald Trump’s attempts to reverse Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 elections, including his calls to state officials, and Vice President Mike Pence as a criminal conspiracies that violated three federal laws. John Lauro argues, on the other hand, that Trump’s client was simply exercising First Amendment rights by petitioning the government to address his grievances.
Lauro, the former president’s lawyer, outlined his defense yesterday in interviews with ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN. He said Trump still believes that his complaints about the election are justified. Lauro asserts that Trump acted on remedies he genuinely believed were valid by urging election officials, legislative leaders in states, and Pence into action regarding his unsubstantiated allegations of fraud. Lauro believes that Trump lacked criminal intent, which federal prosecutors must prove beyond a doubt.
When Trump asked Georgia Secretary Brad Raffensperger “find” the necessary votes to award him,