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March 31, 2024

Jack Smith's Case Against Trump Might Be Falling Apart

Special Counsel Jack Smith's efforts to put Donald Trump in prison prior to the 2024 election hit a serious snag recently.

Newsweek is reporting this latest little snag might not be so little after all.

It might derail Smith's entire case.

"Special Counsel Jack Smith could be blocked from using evidence against Donald Trump contained in grand jury investigation files, which were transferred to the former president's Florida classified documents case this week, a former prosecutor has suggested," reported Newsweek.

The outlet added, "In 2023, a grand jury in Washington, D.C., heard evidence from witnesses—including Trump's attorney, Evan Corcoran—while considering whether charges should be brought against the former president and others for hoarding classified documents. However, Trump and his co-accused were later indicted in Florida and, under federal rules, the grand jury files were transferred on Monday to Trump-appointed judge, Aileen Cannon's court."

According to former prosecutor Bill Shipley, the transfer of the case from Washington DC to Florida gives Trump-appointed Judge Aileen Cannon control over what evidence can be included.

This is especially relevant to any bits of testimony that may have violated attorney-client privilege.

Newsweek continued, "On March 24, 2023, Corcoran was forced to testify before the classified documents grand jury in Washington D.C. It was his second time giving evidence." The outlet went on:

Corcoran was called to give evidence because he wrote a letter that was sent to the Department of Justice in June 2022 that stated that there had been a "diligent search" for classified documents. Along with the letter, he sent the Department more than 30 documents with classified markings that were found on Trump property.

"Department of Justice Special Counsel Smith announced on Monday that the Washington, D.C., court had transferred the grand jury files to Cannon," the article added, continuing:

Trump is facing 40 federal charges over his handling of sensitive materials retrieved from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, after leaving the White House in January 2021. He is accused of obstructing efforts by federal authorities to return them. The former president has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

While I'm not exactly a lawyer, even I can tell from this that Smith is getting further and further from accomplishing his goals.

Which means that Trump is getting closer and closer to accomplishing his.

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