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Will Trump's First Amendment Right Implode Jack Smith Jan. 6 Case?

Posted on AllSides August 2nd, 2023
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The Justice Department's second indictment against former President Donald Trump has raised questions about whether or not the charges related to his role in the January 6 Capitol riot infringe on his First Amendment rights.

Special Counsel Jack Smith announced four felony charges against Trump on Tuesday, including three conspiracies and one count of obstructing or attempting to obstruct an official proceeding. In a 45-page indictment, federal prosecutors argued that Trump continued to lie about winning the 2020 presidential election, despite knowing that he lost to Joe Biden.

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