Democrats Ask That Trump Court Proceedings Be Televised

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( – On Thursday, August 3, 38 House Democrats sent a letter to the body in charge of overseeing the federal courts asking for a live televising of former President Donald Trump’s trials.

In the letter, the group said that it was necessary for the court to provide access to “reliable information” regarding these cases which are very important to democratic institutions.

On Thursday, Trump was arraigned on four federal charges to which he pleaded not guilty. The charges included conspiracy to defraud the country, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction, and conspiracy against voting rights. On Aug. 28 during a court appearance, the date for the trial is set to be decided. However, cameras are not allowed to be in federal courtrooms.

Trump is also facing charges in multiple other cases.

In the letter, the group said that the charges against Trump are of historic importance, which is why it would be important in this circumstance to have the court proceedings televised. They argued that this would also help the public completely accept the outcome of the trials and that it would be important for the conduct of the trials and the credibility of the witnesses.

Among the House members who signed the letter were House Jan. 6 special committee members Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Pete Aguilar (D-CA). The committee, which expired last year had previously sent to the Department of Justice a recommendation for Trump to be criminally investigated in connection to his role in the Capitol insurrection.

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