"We will have the ability to subpoena witnesses and subpoena documents," he added.
"This is the first time when there'll be a full airing of all of the issues in the 2020 election."
Trump's Belief in the Truth of the Election ClaimsMr. Smith's indictment repeatedly references accusations that Mr. Trump "knowingly" spread "false claims" about election fraud, citing multiple instances where officials, advisors, and staffers advised the then-president that “his claims were untrue.”
But Mr. Lauro argued that the special counsel will not be able to prove this because Mr. Trump himself believed in the truth of those claims.
"What the government would have to show is that President Trump acted corruptly to stop the truth from coming out and they will never ... be able to do that because, number one, President Trump absolutely believed in the righteousness of his cause.
"And number two, everything he did was to get at the truth, not block the truth."
Free SpeechAccording to Mr. Lauro, Mr. Smith's case amounts to a fundamental attack on political speech, protected by the Constitution.
"We take issue with the Biden administration and their position that if you criticize the 2020 election, you're facing jail," he said. "It's censorship taken to the highest possible level."
"The problem with the government's theory is that you can't be criminally prosecuted for either misspeaking or making incorrect assertions in the course of political speech, and this is core political speech. So even if you make a mistake and you're not right, about what you're saying, when it comes to political speech, that's all protected," the attorney said.
The indictment acknowledged that Mr. Trump had a free speech right to make claims about voter fraud, even false claims, but charged that the former also "pursued unlawful means of discounting legitimate votes and subverting the election results." It cited the organizing of alternate electors in contested states and urging Vice President Mike Pence to reject or return the electoral votes on Jan. 6, 2021, as examples.
Mr. Lauro, however, contended that Mr. Trump's actions were not illegal.
Co-ConspiratorsTrump's attorney also alleged that the six unnamed co-conspirators listed in the indictment, none of whom have been charged in the case, was a ploy by the special counsel to dissuade them from testifying in support of Mr. Trump.
"This is the way that the government freezes those people and discourages them from coming in and testifying on behalf of President Trump," Mr. Lauro said.
"It's gonna be very difficult for those people to come in and speak the truth, when they fear they're under indictment."
Mr. Lauro also took issue with allegations in the indictment that these lawyers who helped Mr. Trump were engaging in criminal conduct, when they were merely providing legal advice to their client.
"We know that all of those lawyers were giving legal advice. They did not believe they were breaking the law. They thought that they were giving President Trump valid constitutional guidance," he said.
"And now they're being accused of a crime to the point where it's going to terrify them and make them very reluctant or prevent them from testifying."
The attorney added: "It's very concerning when the government comes after lawyers, who in good faith gave legal advice. Maybe it's not the advice the government wanted to hear."
Referencing a quote from Shakespeare's "Henry VII" that the first thing a tyrant must do is "kill all the lawyers," Mr. Lauro said, "There's a reason why [Shakespeare] said that you take out the lawyers. And then what you have is a society where people are defenseless, they don't have counsel to represent them."
Trump's lawyer emphasized that the case was not only about the former president but about broader freedoms enshrined in the Constitution.