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Unexpected help for Trump turns the Florida case into a ‘national legal circus’ as dismissal requests grow


Florida – After the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, recently became the first former American president to be convicted of felony crimes as a New York jury found him guilty of 34 counts in the hush money case, the focus is once again turning to the Florida case, where Trump is accused of improperly handling classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago and faces 40 counts, including the willful retention of sensitive documents and obstructing federal attempts to retrieve them.

Unexpected help for Trump turns the Florida case into a ‘national legal circus’ as dismissal requests grow

In a remarkable turn of events in the Florida case, two former U.S. Attorneys General have expressed their desire to participate in oral arguments concerning the classified document charges against former President Donald Trump. The legal filing, submitted on Monday in the Southern District of Florida’s West Palm Beach Division, highlights a notable effort by Edwin Meese III and Michael Mukasey to support Trump’s motion to dismiss the indictment on grounds related to the appointment and funding of Special Counsel Jack Smith.

Edwin Meese III, who served as the Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan starting in February 1985, and Michael Mukasey, who held the same position under President George W. Bush beginning in November 2007, are positioned to bring a wealth of experience to the legal proceedings.

They are slated to present their arguments on June 21 as amici curiae, advocating for the dismissal of the charges against Trump. Their involvement underscores a critical examination of the legal framework and appointment procedures that underpin the role of the special counsel.

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Joining Meese and Mukasey in this legal initiative are Steven Calabresi and Gary Lawson, law professors and co-founders of The Federalist Society, along with the public-interest organizations Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation. Their collective participation points to a robust conservative challenge to the current administration’s legal actions against Trump.

The Charges Against Trump

Trump, who is the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election, faces charges from DOJ special counsel Jack Smith for allegedly retaining classified materials illegally at his Mar-a-Lago residence and obstructing federal attempts to retrieve them. These charges came after Trump left office in January 2021, leading to a not guilty plea from the former president. The trial, initially scheduled to begin on May 20, has been delayed indefinitely amid ongoing legal debates, fueling speculation that it may not proceed before the upcoming presidential election.

Compounding Trump’s legal challenges, he was recently convicted by a Manhattan jury on 34 counts of falsification of business records, with sentencing scheduled for July 11—just days before the Republican National Convention. Trump has consistently claimed that his legal troubles are politically motivated and has signaled a robust appeal process through his legal team.

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In their court filing, Meese intends to leverage his extensive knowledge of Justice Department operations to challenge the validity of Smith’s appointment as special counsel. He argues that the traditional method of appointing independent counsels by statute significantly differs from the current position held by Smith, which could potentially influence the court’s understanding of the legal and constitutional questions at hand.

Similarly, Mukasey plans to use his legal expertise to argue that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland did not have the authority to appoint Smith, thereby questioning the legitimacy of the special counsel’s role in this context.

Previous Supreme Court Involvement

These arguments have also surfaced in another criminal case against Trump, related to federal election interference and the events of January 6, 2021. During oral arguments at the Supreme Court, Trump’s counsel highlighted the insights of Meese and Mukasey, emphasizing their stance on the appointment of the special counsel as pivotal to their defense strategy.

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As the case unfolds, the involvement of these high-profile legal figures not only adds a layer of complexity to the proceedings but also sets the stage for a significant judicial review of the mechanisms behind the appointment of special counsels in the U.S. legal system.

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