Attorney Deconstructs Trump’s Twisted Logic in Legal Battle

A former federal prosecutor, Joyce Vance, has critiqued Former President Donald Trump’s legal maneuvers in his Florida classified documents case. 

Misleading Information 


Vance, known for her liberal views and critiques of the ex-president, penned an entry in her blog “Civil Discourse” on February 27, asserting that Trump is disseminating misleading information regarding the criminal case against him.

Presidential Records Act Controversy

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Trump seeks to dismiss the case, arguing that the Presidential Records Act mandates a civil suit to recover records from an ex-president rather than a criminal proceeding. This argument forms part of 10 motions submitted to Judge Aileen Cannon on Friday.

Borderline Legal Arguments

Former US President Donald Trump sits in New York State Supreme Court during the civil fraud trial against the Trump Organization, in New York City on January 11, 2024. Trump's legal team will deliver closing arguments January 11 in the fraud case after the judge barred the former president from using the trial finale as an election campaign grandstand. (Photo by Peter Foley / POOL / AFP)
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Vance comments, “While these motions may not be entirely frivolous, there are some arguments that are perilously close to the line,” emphasizing the tenuous nature of Trump’s legal arguments.

Charges Against Trump

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Trump is confronted with 40 federal charges, accused of unlawfully retaining classified documents after he departed from the White House in January 2021 and subsequently impeding authorities’ attempts to retrieve them. 

Mar-a-Lago Raid

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In August 2022, federal agents executed a raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago private members club, seizing over 300 documents marked as classified. 

Storage Locations

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Prosecutors’ court filings from 2022 revealed that these documents were discovered in various locations at Mar-a-Lago, including a ballroom, a bathroom, and a storage room containing over 80 stacked boxes. 

Not Guilty Pea

(FILES) Former US President Donald Trump sits in the New York State Supreme Court during the civil fraud trial against the Trump Organization in New York on December 7, 2023. New York's attorney general is seeking $370 million from former president Donald Trump in a fraud case which has seen the real estate mogul accused of inflating the value of his properties, court documents showed on January 5, 2024. Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, and his two eldest sons are accused of fraudulently inflating the value of real estate assets to receive more favorable bank loans and insurance terms. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / POOL / AFP)
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Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges, vehemently refuting any allegations of wrongdoing. His co-accus, Waltine Nauta and Carlos De Oliveira, have likewise entered pleas of not guilty. 

GOP Front Runner

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Despite the charges, Trump remains a leading candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Campaign Trail Arguments

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On the campaign trail, Trump has been advocating his interpretation of the Presidential Records Act, arguing it only allows for civil actions to recover presidential records, not classified materials he is accused of mishandling.

Vance’s Critique

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“[Trump] argues that the only remedy for a violation of the Presidential Records Act is a civil one, designed to reclaim [the records], but that provision applies to actual presidential records, not the classified material Trump is trying to shield behind his pretzel logic about how these rules work,” Vance stated.

Potential Consequences

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Vance warns of the dangers of Trump’s legal interpretation, suggesting it could allow him to unilaterally declassify sensitive information without oversight, posing significant risks to national security.

“America loses”

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She said, “The only one who wins if Judge Cannon adopts Trump’s interpretation of these laws is Trump. America loses. Trump never confronts the highly sensitive nature of these materials.”

Historical Precedent Argument


In a separate filing to Cannon on Thursday, Trump’s legal team voiced grievances, highlighting the absence of any presidential prosecution over two centuries of American history.

“Unreviewable Discretion” 


Trump’s attorneys argued for the dismissal of the case in the filing, contending that as president, Trump possessed “unreviewable discretion” regarding classified records. 

Trump’s Authority

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They further asserted that, by the Presidential Records Act, Trump had the authority to designate any official government document as a personal record.

Document Handling

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The filing stated, “President Trump was still the President of the United States when, for example, many of the documents at issue were packed (presumably by the GSA), transported, and delivered to Mar-A-Lago.” 

No prosecution

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Their filing also asserts that numerous past presidents faced accusations of wrongdoing without facing prosecution. 

Lost of Lives

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Examples cited include President George W. Bush’s involvement in the Iraq War, which resulted in “thousands of lives” lost, as well as President Barack Obama’s authorization of a drone strike on an American citizen. 

Hamas Attack Employees 

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It also mentions President Joe Biden’s allocation of funds to a United Nations agency allegedly connected to employees implicated in Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7.

Trial Schedule Hearing

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By week’s end, Judge Cannon has arranged a hearing in Fort Pierce to determine the scheduling of the classified documents trial. 

“Reasonable Adjustments” 

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While it’s presently slated to commence on May 20, the judge has expressed a willingness to make “reasonable adjustments” to the case timeline.

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