The House Republicans are demanding to see the conflict of interest report for Jack Smith. He has so many the report must be a very long one.
He has been known to get convictions against several Republicans that were gotten under peculiar circumstances, such as the one he got against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. The convictions survived a host of liberal justices, but when it got to the Supreme Court, he won a unanimous verdict and was acquitted.
The lawmakers wrote in the letter:
“Mr. Smith has a history of questionable political prosecutions, including the prosecution of former Republican governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell, which was unanimously overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States. Furthermore, Smith’s wife, Katy Chevigny, produced a documentary about former First Lady Michelle Obama and donated to President Biden’s 2020 campaign, raising concerns about potential conflicts of interest for Mr. Smith.”
“We hope that you, in compliance with DOJ regulations, conducted the required review of potential conflicts of interest prior to Mr. Smith’s appointment. In order for the American people to have confidence in Mr. Smith’s investigation, it is vital that you release the information associated with the investigation of Mr. Smith’s potential conflicts of interest.”
The letter was co-signed by Reps. Josh Brecheen of Oklahoma; Andrew Clyde of Georgia; Alex Mooney of West Virginia; Andy Ogles of Tennessee; Matt Rosendale of Montana; Matt Gaetz, Anna Paulina Luna, and Bill Posey of Florida.
Republican Missouri Rep. Eric Burlison said:
“The American people should be able to see the unredacted conflicts of interest review for Special Counsel Jack Smith … Given Smith’s publicly known history, one would assume these issues would have ruled him out as an ‘impartial’ Special Counsel.”
Republican senators, including members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, are warning the indictment brought by the Department of Justice against former President Donald Trump raises serious conflict-of-interest issues for Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The senators, who mostly spoke to The Hill in the hours before Trump himself broke the news of his indictment, cited Trump’s status as the leading Republican candidate for president and the fact that federal investigators have also seized classified documents President Biden kept in his personal possession after leaving the Obama administration.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, warned Thursday evening the prosecution of Trump “will do enormous damage to the rule of law.”
“Indicting Donald Trump is the culmination of what Merrick Garland has been pushing for since he became Attorney General. The weaponization of our Department of Justice against enemies of the Biden admin. will do enormous damage to the rule or law & have a lasting impact,” he tweeted after Trump himself announced he would be indicted.
Some GOP senators predict an indictment of Trump by the Justice Department (DOJ) will galvanize Republican voters behind Trump and solidify his lead over the rest of the Republican presidential field.
Trump saw his poll numbers climb after Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced a 34-count felony indictment against the president in early April.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the decision to bring criminal charges against the leading Republican candidate for president, who could face Biden in the 2024 election, takes the DOJ “into totally uncharted territory.”
“I just can’t believe that they would even consider doing this,” he said, noting that Trump eventually returned the sensitive documents to the National Archives.