Jack Smith has detailed more evidence he plans to introduce at Trump’s trial.
Special counsel Jack Smith, in a court filing Tuesday, detailed additional evidence he plans to introduce at the trial of former President Donald Trump on charges of unlawfully trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election, including evidence of Trump’s alleged state of mind as his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
“This evidence shows that the rioters’ disruption of the certification proceeding is exactly what the defendant intended on January 6,” Smith said in the filing.
Smith’s office, in the filing, provided notice of a range of information and testimony prosecutors hope to introduce at trial that — while not part of the actual charges against Trump — will speak to his “motive, intent, preparation, knowledge … and common plan,” they say.
The evidence, according to the filing, includes statements from Trump dating back to 2012 in which he leveled baseless allegations of voting fraud, which prosecutors say “demonstrate the defendant’s common plan of falsely blaming fraud for election results he does not like.”
Prosecutors said they will also show the jury statements Trump made in the lead-up to both the 2016 and 2020 elections, where he refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power.
To support their allegation that Trump pressured state officials to overturn the election results, Smith’s office says it will present evidence of an unnamed Trump campaign employee who sought to obstruct the vote count in Michigan on Election Day.
Smith said his office has texts from the unnamed employee showing the employee was encouraging “rioting and other methods of obstruction” at the convention center in Detroit when votes in the state began trending in support of Joe Biden. As Trump’s supporters flooded the convention center to raise illegitimate challenges to votes being counted, Trump tweeted baseless allegations that there was illegal activity taking place there, further fueling the chaos, according to Smith.