Trump wrote another Truth Social post, all in caps, against special counsel Jack Smith, with some saw it as “smells of desperation,” while others found it “profoundly concerning.”
Trump already made dubious claims against Smith and his wife
Former President Trump said hours after pleading not guilty to a 37-count indictment brought by Smith that the special counsel was a “deranged lunatic,” a “thug,” and a “raging and uncontrolled Trump hater.”
More of Trump’s rants
During a speech in Bedminster, Trump alleged, “The prosecutor in the case, I will call our case, is a thug. I have named him ‘Deranged Jack Smith.’” He continued, “He’s a behind-the-scenes guy, but his record is absolutely atrocious. He does political hit jobs.”
Trump had to mention Smith’s wife
“He’s a raging and uncontrolled Trump hater, as is his wife, who happened to be the producer of that Michelle Obama puff piece. This is the guy I’ve got,” Trump said. Katy Chevigny, Smith’s wife, is a filmmaker and worked on a 2020 documentary about the former First Lady.
Smith and Alvin Bragg received the same treatment
Smith, who once prosecuted war crimes at The Hague, faces Trump’s fury we already witnessed after he was charged in an alleged hush money probe. The former president went after Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg and mentioned his wife, which led to Bragg’s office receiving numerous death threats.
Trump’s Truth Social post
Trump wrote, “COULD SOMEBODY PLEASE EXPLAIN TO THE DERANGED, TRUMP HATING JACK SMITH, HIS FAMILY, AND HIS FRIENDS, THAT AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, I COME UNDER THE PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS ACT, AS AFFIRMED BY THE CLINTON SOCKS CASE, NOT BY THIS PSYCHOS’ FANTASY OF THE NEVER USED BEFORE ESPIONAGE ACT OF 1917.” This led some legal experts to voice their concerns.
Smells of desperation
Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a New York University history professor and an authoritarianist expert, said, “Smells of desperation.”
Ben-Ghiat added that Trump again acted like “a Mafia boss and stringing as many propaganda slogans together as possible.”
Targeting Smith and his family and friends
Norm Eisen, a lawyer who served in Barack Obama’s White House, said, “Trump is encouraging his followers, who we know have included the violent insurrectionists responsible for January 6, to target the family and friends of Jack Smith.” Eisen said this was “profoundly concerning.”
Smith did not say much about the indictment
The special counsel urged Americans to read the charges, adding, “The men and women of the United States intelligence community and our Armed Forces dedicate their lives to protecting our nation and its people.”
Smith continued, “Our laws that protect national defense information are critical to the safety and security of the United States, and they must be enforced. Violations of those laws put our country at risk.”
Smith brought three indictments
CNN reported that Smith reached agreements with several “fake” GOP electors to provide them limited immunity in exchange for testifying before a grand jury investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
So many trials
As for the Mar-a-Lago indictment, Smith promised a speedy trial. However, the trial is set for May 2024. Trump has a D.C. trial in March, while Georgia’s trial date is still unknown.
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