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Jack Smith’s rigged crusade in United States v. Donald Trump

Sep 13, 2023

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Newt Gingrich

Former House Speaker; Chairman of Gingrich 360

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In November 2022, Attorney General Merrick Garland assigned Jack Smith the responsibility of overseeing two investigations related to former President Donald Trump. Since then, Smith has brought four criminal charges against Trump for his alleged involvement in attempting to overturn the 2020 election, along with more than three dozen additional charges pertaining to the possession of classified documents in Florida.

Critics of the prosecution, like Straight Arrow News contributor Newt Gingrich, contend that Jack Smith exhibits bias and assert that he is pursuing a case against the former president that they view as rigged.

There are a whole series of these kind of things coming down the road and we’re going to discover more and more that this is a rigged case brought by a really bad lawyer — a man who by the way was deeply involved a long time ago with Lois Lerner at the Internal Revenue Service, when he was in the Obama Justice Department. And they were plotting to take tax information about Tea Party organizations and use them to file criminal complaints, something which was totally illegal, and which blew up in their faces.

Jack Smith then got involved in trying to go after Governor [Bob] McDonnell of Virginia, ultimately was repudiated unanimously by the Supreme Court for having lied to the jury about what a law meant. And they just said it was a terrible, terrible performance.

This is the person that the Attorney General picked to go after Donald Trump. And I think we’re about to find once again that Smith may have outsmarted himself, because he will have violated the rules in such a way that, in fact, Trump may presently be able to move to simply drop the entire case, because it is impossible to get accurate information.

And it’s impossible to meet the discovery standards that every person who’s indicted is entitled to because we really do believe that everyone in America is innocent until proven guilty. They’re not guilty until proven innocent. And Jack Smith may have outsmarted himself in a way that will be historic.

I think that it’s very interesting that we’re now beginning to learn that Jack Smith, the prosecutor who is going after Donald Trump, in the District of Columbia, apparently had his staff coordinating actively, with the Biden White House, actually literally meeting with the Biden White House. Now, the reason this is important is under the American system, where you are innocent until proven guilty, the defendant has the right to know everything that the prosecution knows. So they have a right of discovery. And if you watch various TV shows, to whether in the old days was pre Mason, or the more recent Lincoln Lawyer, which I happen to personally like a lot, you’ll know if you watch these things, the big argument about who has to deliver information? What does the prosecutor have to turn over? And what you’re going to discover now, I think, is that there are huge discovery problems with the federal government case. First of all, what did they talk about at the White House? How much of this was being coordinated, which would take it out of the justice system, and turn it into politics, and basically eliminate the entire case? Second, did they get information from the January 6 committee, the January 6 committee apparently destroyed a lot of its material that has been destroyed, then under a specific rule that has been adhered to by US courts, the defendant can’t be asked to defend themselves against information, which doesn’t exist anymore, because that would be an advantage to the prosecution, which had apparently seen it before. There are a whole series of these kind of things coming down the road. And we’re going to discover more and more, that this is a rigged case, brought by a really bad lawyer, a man who by the way, was deeply involved a long time ago with loss Lerner at the Internal Revenue Service, when he was in the Obama Justice Department. And they were plotting to take tax information about tea party organizations, and use them to file criminal complaints, something which was totally illegal, and which blew up in their faces. He then got involved in trying to go up Jack Smith got involved, and trying to go after Governor McDonald of Virginia, ultimately was repudiated unanimously by the Supreme Court for having lied to the jury about what a law meant. And they just said it was a terrible, terrible performance. This is the person that the Attorney General picked to go after Donald Trump. And I think we’re about to find once again, that Smith may have outsmarted himself, because he will have violated the rules in such a way that in fact, Trump may presently be able to move to simply drop the entire case, because it is impossible to get accurate information. And it’s impossible to meet the discovery standards that every person who’s indicted is entitled to because we really do believe that everyone in America is innocent until proven guilty. They’re not guilty until proven innocent. And Jack Smith may about smarter himself in a way that will be historic

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