Special Counsel Gaslights, Completely Ignores DOJ Malfeasance and Double Standards in Statement on Trump Indictment

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Jack Smith, the Special Counsel in the Trump documents case, gave a statement Friday afternoon regarding the indictment but did not take questions from reporters.


Smith’s statement completely ignored that Trump is being prosecuted by a Department of Justice controlled by his main rival in the upcoming presidential election and was filled with gaslighting about “one set of laws” in our country that apply to everyone. After announcing that Trump had been indicted by a grand jury in southern Florida, Smith said:

The men and women of the United States intelligence community and our armed forces dedicate their lives to protecting our nation and its people. 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.

Everything he said there is correct, but those laws are selectively enforced. Nobody can argue that Hillary Clinton storing classified national defense information on a private server at her home did not put our country at risk, and nobody with any credibility denies that she did just that. And was there national defense information included in the classified documents Joe Biden was concealing in the garage of a home where an unregistered foreign agent (his son Hunter) was residing? What about the allegations that Hunter’s actions – a breach of protocol at a minimum – caused national defense information to be exposed, leading to the death of HUMINT assets in China? Any investigation there?

With a straight face, Smith continued:

Adherence to the rule of law is a bedrock principle of the Department of Justice, and our nation’s commitment to the rule of law sets an example to the world. We have one set of laws in this country, and they apply to everyone. Applying those laws, collecting facts, that’s what determines the outcome of an investigation. Nothing more, and nothing less.


Pardon me? The Department of Justice has engaged in more than two years of politically-motivated prosecutions and is ignoring the rule of law in pursuing them. That same Department of Justice chose – chose – to not prosecute Hillary Clinton even though the FBI had developed evidence that she violated the Espionage Act, by claiming that since they couldn’t find direct evidence that hostile governments had accessed the information (while admitting that they would likely be unable to detect said evidence), that no harm was done, so she didn’t need to be prosecuted.

Does the FBI believe that any hostile governments accessed these documents Trump had at Mar-a-Lago? Given that they were physical documents and not on an insecure server, I’m fairly certain they do not, which is another way in which this indictment shows there are absolutely at least two sets of laws in this country.

(Of course, Clinton is attempting to dunk on Trump today over his indictment. Totally on-brand for her to brag about benefitting from corruption.)

But Smith wasn’t done.

The prosecutors in my office are among the most talented and experienced in the Department of Justice. They have investigated this case hewing to the highest ethical standards, and they will continue to do so as this case proceeds.


Just today House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Jim Jordan released a letter detailing ways in which the investigation was not “hewing to the highest ethical standards,” so that contention is simply laughable. Also, as Miranda Devine pointed out, “disturbing claims by the lawyer for Trump valet Walt Nauta deserve serious scrutiny.” That claim is that that attorney’s (Stanley Woodward) application to be a judge was brought up by prosecutors in the Trump/Nauta matter when those prosecutors were attempting to persuade him to get his client to “cooperate in the investigation against Trump.”

To be fair, that probably is an example of the highest ethical standards employed by this Department of Justice. But it shouldn’t be.

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If you have the stomach, you can watch Smith deliver his statement in the video below.


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