In their Feb. 18 motion filed in the Roger Stone case, Donald Trump’s lawyers argue that the president should not have to provide information in open court because it would jeopardize his right to receive a fair trial, along with his ability to assert his Fifth Amendment rights. The defense has said that they would seek to dismiss the charges based on the Fifth Amendment issue. At the center of the issue is the judge’s decision to issue a grand jury subpoena for any information relating to the dissemination of the infamous “dirty dossier” that named President Trump as an alleged sex offender. Trump claims that because of this subpoena, he is in a conflict of interest because he knows the credibility of the dossier. As the motion argues, “The only way Mr. Trump can receive a fair trial is to rely upon ‘overwhelming proof.’ In other words, Mr. Trump must, over a federal judge’s objection, either produce or receive material regarding the credibility of information about which he knows, or whose credibility he can describe with confidence.” The judges reply in the motion, “[i]n no conceivable way is this a risk, appropriate to Mr. Trump’s status as President of the United States, that his intelligence, recollection, or personal recollection of events, occurrences, or events are relevant to the insufficiency of the alleged information that the government has received, or which it obtained from any sources he believes to be unreliable. To say otherwise, as the government has done, is to disregard clearly articulated opinions of the last five district courts who have dealt with this issue.”