Judge Cannon Drops Devastating Bomb On Jack Smith

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Prosecutors have been directed by the federal judge supervising the case of former President Donald Trump’s confidential materials to disclose any damning coordination with the Biden administration—actions that Special Counsel Jack Smith had previously gone to considerable pains to keep secret.

Memorandums detailing Smith’s efforts to keep the White House informed about his investigation of President Trump have now been unredacted in light of Florida U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon’s decision. The evidence, which is now coherent, demonstrates the close cooperation between Smith and high-ranking officials in the Biden administration and the US Department of Justice. These officials pushed Trump to return classified documents, sometimes even postponing contact with the former president until after they had been cleared by Biden’s legal team.

Julie Kelly, an investigative writer, created four pages detailing Smith’s schemes that included before and after redactions on X.

In one document, Gary Stern, general counsel for the National Archives, admitted that “[i]t is not uncommon that [Presidential Records Act] material collection extends past the close of any presidential administration,” sometimes “well after the close of any given presidential administration.” The line was previously redacted by Smith and showcased by President Trump’s attorneys as an early indication of bias by the National Archives.

According to Fox News, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland upgraded the search to a “full investigation” despite his assertions that Smith’s inquiry would be “independent” from Biden’s Justice Department.

On September 1, 2021, Stern circulated a “letter that we could consider sending to the Attorney General about missing Trump Records,” another line Smith had requested be redacted. Smith stated at the time that he had “informally reached out to DOJ counsel about the issue,” and that “White House counsel are now aware of the issue, and has asked that I keep them in the loop to the extent that we make any reference to the [White House Office of Records Management].”

Two parties with a hand in the case started writing a referral to the DOJ that same week. Garland gave his approval for the probe’s upgrade on March 30, 2022.

“This email conveys Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney General (AG) [Merrick Garland] approval for conversion to a full investigation,” a synopsis of the restricted document reads.

Attempts to keep their client in the dark are used by Trump’s lawyers in another section as proof that the Biden administration “weaponized” the PRA.

Deputy White House Counsel Jonathan Su asked one of President Trump’s coordinators for the probe to grant a colleague access to notes taken in the final days of the Trump administration as staffers prepared the storage of classified materials in late September 2021, just before a referral to the DOJ was about to happen. The unredacted paper claims that Su stepped in when Stern, the National Archives lawyer, tried to give Trump’s emissary a copy of the notes.

“[C]ould we discuss the process before anything is provided to him?” Su wrote to Stern, who agreed but said the request was “atypical” of most records-gathering efforts.

“[N]ormally we would have to provide the records to him per the notification/review process, before we could provide anything to you,” Stern replied. Two days later, he assured Su that the former president’s representative “[h]ad not asked to see these records.”

Further revelations highlight the degree of intergovernmental agency coordination between the DOJ and FBI in the run-up to the August 8, 2022, Mar-a-Lago raid. That morning, President Trump posted on social media that his complex was “under siege” by law enforcement and that there was no need for effort because his personnel was totally compliant.

“A search warrant, 22-mj-8332-BER, issued in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on August 5, 2022, was executed at 1100 South Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach, Florida 33480 at 10:33 a.m. on August 8, 2022,” the document reads.

“Prior to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) team’s entry onto the MAL premises, FBI leadership informed and coordinated with local United States Secret Service (USSS) leadership. Local USSS facilitated entry onto the premises, provided escort and access to various locations within, and posted USSS personnel in locations where the FBI team conducted searches,” it continued.
The raid involved a total of twenty-five agents from the FBI Miami Field Office, four agents from the FBI WFO, one employee from FBI Headquarters, one attorney from the DOJ’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, and one attorney from the United States Attorneys Office’s Southern District of Florida.