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Prosecutors seek to demonstrate Trump’s track record of election fraud allegations in 2020 trial

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WASHINGTON — The ⁢upcoming trial of Donald⁣ Trump⁣ is ​set to delve into his past claims of ⁣voter fraud in the 2012 and 2016 elections, shedding light on ‌his ⁤alleged pattern of falsely blaming⁣ fraud for election results he ​does⁤ not like.

Special Counsel Jack Smith’s team has highlighted Trump’s‌ baseless claims in 2012 that ballot machines switched votes⁢ to‌ Democratic incumbent ⁤Barack‌ Obama from Republican ‍challenger Mitt Romney, as well as his 2016 campaign assertion that ⁣a​ loss⁤ to Democrat Hillary Clinton would be the result of ‍fraud.

“The defendant’s false claims about the 2012 and 2016 ‍elections are admissible because ‌they demonstrate​ the defendant’s common plan of falsely blaming fraud for election⁢ results he does ⁢not like, as well as his motive, intent and plan ‌to obstruct the ⁣certification of the 2020‍ election results and illegitimately retain power,”⁢ prosecutors argued in the filing.

The case in Washington federal court is‌ one of four ​criminal prosecutions facing Trump as he seeks to‌ challenge Democratic President Joe Biden in the ‌2024 ​election.⁣ Trump continues to argue that his 2020 loss to ⁣Biden was the⁣ result of widespread fraud, a ⁣false claim​ that was rejected by multiple courts, state ​reviews and members of Trump’s own administration.

Smith’s evidence also includes ‌statements from Trump during ⁤the​ 2016 and 2020‍ campaigns in‍ which he refused to commit to‌ accepting the ‌elections’​ results.

Trump ‌is ⁤scheduled to stand trial beginning in March on charges that he interfered ⁣in‍ the counting ⁣of votes and⁢ sought to ‌block Congress’ certification of the 2020⁤ election. Prosecutors have accused ‌Trump of spreading “destabilizing lies” about widespread voter fraud ⁢to ‍sow⁢ distrust in the election.

Trump has pleaded not guilty and accused prosecutors of seeking‍ to damage his 2024 campaign.

A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Smith’s filing.

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