One thing is clear: In November 2022, Special Counsel Jack Smith was tasked by President Biden’s U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate former President Donald Trump.
What happened next is nothing short of the political weaponization of the U.S. Justice Department.
Trump now faces three criminal indictments, which critics believe constitute election interference with Trump reigning as the 2024 Republican Party frontrunner. (Trending: Disney Just Pulled A Bud Light…)
…The press conference held by Smith only deepened the unease for some of us. Smith railed against the January 6th riot and made it sound like he was indicting Trump on incitement. He didn't. The disconnect was glaring and concerning.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) August 1, 2023
In Smith’s indictment, many Americans believe there is a factual error. Smith argues that Trump knowingly pushed false election claims about the 2020 election without evidence. Smith cites the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which has stated there was no evidence of compromised voting systems in the 2020 election.
Smith’s indictment is self-defeating and contradicts the Justice Department’s own findings. At least two Iranian hackers successfully hacking into a state election computer during the 2020 election and stole voter data and conducted cyber intimidation campaign against Republican members of Congress.
Despite this fact, Smith indicted Trump with false information. The indictment states, “The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (‘CISA’) – whose existence the Defendant signed into law to protect the nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure from attack – joined an official multi-agency statement that there was no evidence any voting system had been compromised and that declared the 2020 election ‘the most secure in American history.”
“Days later, after the CISA Director – whom the Defendant had appointed –announced publicly that election security experts were in agreement that claims of computer-based election fraud were unsubstantiated, the Defendant fired him,” the indictment added.
Making matters worse, Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz says Smith omitted a key portion of then-President Donald Trump’s speech in Washington, D.C. on January 6th. At Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally, Smith emphasized how Trump told supporters to “fight like hell,” but failed to mention Trump ordered everyone to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” (POLL: Is Joe Biden Fit to be President? Results Are In…)
Trump said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” (POLL: Is Joe Biden Fit to be President? Results Are In…)
According to Smith’s own definitions and standards in the indictment, Dershowitz says he could be charged with fraud for still charging Trump and omitting his orders to be peaceful.
“Under the indictment itself, Jack Smith could be himself indicted,” Dershowitz said bluntly. “He told a direct lie in this indictment. He purported to describe the speech that President Trump made on January 6th.”
“And he left out the key words, when President Trump said, ‘I want you to demonstrate peacefully and patriotically. You know, a lie by omission, under the law, can be as serious as a lie by commission,” he added.