Special Counsel Jack Smith Makes Unexpected Move in Donald Trump Case

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Special counsel Jack Smith’s recent addition of Alex Whiting to his team has raised concerns among Republicans, further fueling their skepticism about the impartiality of the prosecution against former President Donald Trump.

As reported by Conservative Brief News on Sunday, September 24, Whiting, who collaborated with Smith in The Hague during the late 1990s, is known for his involvement in prosecuting war crimes.

Notably, he has been an outspoken commentator on previous special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

Whiting’s public commentary often leaned towards highlighting the legal challenges faced by Trump, particularly in relation to his attempts to obstruct the investigation.

It’s worth noting that Whiting’s Twitter account, once active, has been inactive since mid-2022, as per a Wayback Machine search.

What was omitted by left-leaning outlets like Politico is Whiting’s history of financial support for Democratic politicians.

According to Open Secrets, he has made substantial donations to Democrats over the years, including prominent figures such as Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama. This revelation adds to concerns about potential political bias within Smith’s team.

Smith’s recent setbacks also contribute to doubts about the fairness of his prosecution. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against Smith’s attempt to access the phone records of Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.).

The court argued that doing so would violate Perry’s constitutional immunity under the “speech and debate” clause, which protects members of Congress from legal proceedings related to their legislative duties.

This decision is significant as it marks the first time an appeals court has extended such protections to lawmakers’ cell phones. It also serves as a major legal setback for Smith’s efforts to gather evidence regarding the alleged involvement of Trump’s allies in attempting to overturn the 2020 election.

The panel of judges who issued this ruling included Trump appointees and a nominee of President George H.W. Bush. Their decision overturns a previous ruling by U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell, who had mostly favored the government’s request for access to Perry’s cellphone data.

In the midst of these developments, Fox News host Jesse Watters criticized Smith’s indictment of former President Trump in two separate cases.

During a segment on “The Five,” Watters portrayed Smith as a “nervous wreck” and questioned his legal track record, particularly highlighting a case against then-Republican Gov.

Bob McDowell of Virginia. In that instance, Smith secured a conviction that was unanimously overturned by the Supreme Court.

Watters emphasized that the charges against Trump, including willful retention of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and false statements, were based on obscure federal statutes dating back to 1866, originally used against the Ku Klux Klan.

He portrayed these charges as an unconventional and controversial approach to prosecuting a former president.

The addition of Alex Whiting, his political donations, the legal setbacks Smith has faced, and criticism from Fox News contribute to the ongoing debate about the motivations and fairness of the prosecution of Donald Trump.

Republicans continue to question whether this legal pursuit is driven by politics rather than a genuine pursuit of justice.

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