Desperate Jim Jordan Suggests Limiting Prosecutions Of Ex-Presidents

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A new letter from a pair of prominent House Republicans to Special Counsel Jack Smith suggests Congressional reforms that, contextually, could limit prosecutions of former presidents amid two criminal cases from Smith targeting ex-President Donald Trump.

Actually fulfilling this evident ambition could significantly restrain the application of the law to individuals around whom upholding the law is arguably towards the most important. The House members behind the letter include GOP Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Andy Biggs (Ariz.). To be clear, without control of the Senate by a filibuster-passing majority that supports this idea, it’s not going to happen — but this is evidently some Republicans’ interest amid Trump’s charges. Jordan and Biggs made the comments in a letter demanding from Smith a variety of materials related to his work.

“Accordingly, the Committee is conducting oversight in order to inform potential legislative reforms, including possible reforms regarding politically motivated prosecutions of current and former Presidents by federal prosecutors and disclosure requirements for Special Counsels and their staff,” the letter said, with the obvious implication of limiting such prosecutions. And Trump alongside allies of his have consistently, including in this very letter, characterized the special counsel’s work as politically motivated though no evidence supports this claim.

A key focus of the Republicans targeting Smith was a reported effort to obtain data from Twitter amid investigations into Trump. Republicans have similarly targeted a slew of other prosecutors working on investigations that implicated Trump or others generally aligned with the GOP, like Georgia’s Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, and D.C. Attorney General Brian Schwalb, who was looking into financial dealings connected to conservative judicial activist Leonard Leo. The other two have brought their own criminal cases against the former president. No Republican efforts from Congress have so far resulted in significant delays to these investigations/cases, one of which (from Smith) is already pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.