In what is absolutely not a surprise, Donald Trump isn’t thrilled with the work of Jack Smith, who was recently selected as a special counsel overseeing two Trump-related investigations at the Justice Department.
In terms of courtroom developments, the more prominent of the two might be the probe into Donald’s handling of classified docs, in which court filings have established that serious criminal charges including for obstruction are possible. Smith is also leading an investigation that for now is a bit more behind-the-scenes into conspiracies after the last election to help keep Donald in power despite his loss, although that multi-faceted investigation has already culminated in search warrants targeting prominent figures around Trump like John Eastman and Jeffrey Clark. (Smith isn’t leading the prosecutions of Capitol riot participants.)
Smith has already signed his name onto one filing: a letter filed with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that contested the Trump legal team’s reference to a particular prior case in pushing to preserve the review by a court-appointed expert known as a special master into items seized in August from Mar-a-Lago, Donald’s southern Florida resort, connected to the docs inquiry. Smith noted the government proposed the special master review in that case, unlike here.
There were also other differences, like that the target — Rudy Giuliani — was an attorney, and there are ordinarily additional legal protections for materials seized from an attorney. In another filing made before oral arguments in the appeals court dispute over the special master in Trump’s case, the government contested that Donald claiming the seized records to be personal in nature would provide any relevant protections. There is no ban on the government seizing simply personal records in a duly proceeding investigation.
“Jack Smith (nice, soft name, isn’t it?), is a political hit man, who is totally compromised, and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near our already highly WEAPONIZED & CORRUPT “Justice” Department and FBI, which are stuffed with, and listening to, Radical Left “MONSTERS,” who will cause difficulties for our Country the likes of which we have not seen before,” Trump ranted on Truth Social Sunday. “By the way, OBAMA SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN (and got caught!), & what about the MASSIVE Joe & Hunter BIDEN CORRUPTION (Evidence already in!)?” Trump’s references to some of the same conspiracy theories over and over get old. Also, what on earth is Trump trying to say about Smith’s name? Is he trying to mock it?
Donald also had some thoughts about the media this weekend, seemingly raging about the leak of the Dobbs decision before it was finalized and issued: “THE FAKE NEWS IS THE MOST CORRUPT OF ALL. THEY ARE TRULY THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE – THE ENEMY OF THE USA. TURN IN THE SUPREME COURT LEAKER!” Additionally, he once again basically excused the Capitol riot, which is essentially par for the course at this point as it’s not the first time he has done so. “January 6th was all about a highly CORRUPT ELECTION, which is the only thing the Unselects refused to investigate!” he claimed.