As the outrages surrounding the federal indictments against former President Donald Trump continue to mount, the New York Post is reporting that the White House counsel's office held a meeting with a top staffer under Special Counsel Jack Smith prior to charges being filed in the Mar-a-Lago document handling case.
These latest revelations only serve to underscore growing concerns that the cases against Trump are part of a larger plan to conclusively undermine the likely Republican challenger to President Joe Biden's 2024 reelection hopes.
Visitor logs tell the tale
According to the Post, White House visitor logs have revealed that at the end of March, Jay Bratt – a late 2022 addition to the special counsel's legal team – met with Caroline Saba, then the White House counsel's office deputy chief of staff.
The logs further indicate that the aforementioned participants were joined by FBI Washington field office agent Danielle Ray as they commenced their meeting.
It was just over two months later that Trump was indicted by Smith on allegations that he criminally mishandled classified documents after he departed Washington, D.C. at the end of his term in office.
Adding fuel to the fire for those who believe that wrongful collaboration between the administration and the DOJ was indeed afoot, Bratt also took a meeting with Saba back in November of 2021.
That is a time in which Trump was engaged in talks with the National Archives concerning the documents that ultimately formed the basis of the aforementioned indictment.
A third meeting involving Bratt took place at the White House in September of the same year, though the logs offered no insight into what he may have been discussing with Katherine Reily, who served as an advisor to Saba's supervisor.
Giuliani sounds alarm
That such meetings were held during the particular times at issue has prompted notable criticism from those who suspect impropriety in the processes that preceded the indictment of Trump.
Speaking on the matter to the Post was former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who opined, “There is no legitimate purpose for a line [DOJ] guy to be meeting with the White House except if it's coordinated by the highest levels.”
“What's happening is they have trashed every ethical rule that exists, and they have created a state police,” Giuliani continued.”
“It is a Biden state prosecutor and a Biden state police,” he added, but whether concrete evidence of this type of appalling strategic coordination targeting the president's political opponent can be presented to the American people, only time will tell.