Jack Smith Just Learned His Fate After Wrongfully Targeting Trump

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In Florida, a hearing has begun to determine whether special counsel Jack Smith will continue to oversee the federal government’s investigation against former President Donald Trump involving secret documents. Trump appointment Florida U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon is likely to grill the prosecutor from the Biden Justice Department vigorously.

Fox News covered the preliminary proceedings of the hearing on Friday in Fort Pierce, where the legal team of the former president is expected to contend that Smith was improperly chosen by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, not the Senate. The first of three hearings is scheduled for today, according to a Fox News correspondent who appeared outside the courthouse.

“We feel that since Jack Smith’s appointment was unconstitutional, he can’t prosecute Trump in this case, therefore it should be thrown out,” asserts Trump’s legal team. He pointed out that comparable challenges to special counsel appointments had already been rejected by other courts. The correspondent continued, “Judge Cannon, who was chosen by Trump in 2021, has come under fire in some places for “slow-walking and postponing the trial.”

Two senior colleagues begged Cannon to step away from the case, according to a scathing New York Times article published on Thursday. In the end, she disregarded the advice of Chief Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga and Judge Bruce E. Reinhart, continuing to oversee the case and enduring Smith’s fury for decisions that detractors claim skewed the trial in Trump’s favor. One of her most recent decisions is to completely stop all discovery and motions while Trump’s immunity claim is still pending in the Supreme Court. This will probably cause the case to be resolved after the November election. It is anticipated that President Trump will direct the Justice Department to withdraw the prosecution if he is re-elected.

Former Southern District of Florida district attorney Kendall Coffey refuted the idea that Judge Cannon is trying to win over Trump. He believes that the speed is appropriate considering the seriousness of the forty felony charges against Trump. Trump is said to have kept sensitive documents from the White House and neglected to return them when requested by the US National Archives.

“This judge is allowing the hearings where a lot of judges have simply rejected these positions on paper. I think it’s a credit to the judicial system when time is given on a case that’s this important, with these momentous issues, that the judge is taking time on issues and having hearings,” Coffey told Fox News.

Judge Cannon has also allowed Smith ample opportunity to present his argument that, should his lawyers be given access to a long list of people who are willing to testify against him, Trump would harass or threaten witnesses. Regarding the withholding of the identities of some government witnesses who will testify that President Trump withdrew papers from the White House while being aware that he lacked the authority to do so, Cannon chose to side with Smith in an April ruling. Smith had contended that hiding their identities would stop his witnesses from being retaliated against in the event that Trump wins in November.

Judge Cannon has chastised Smith for not providing the defense lawyers with the evidence against Trump at the same time. She stated in November that Smith’s team argued the Classified Information Procedures Act permits them to withhold certain records from Mar-a-Lago due to national security concerns, but Smith only offered a “broad and unconvincing theory” about the law.

 

 

 

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