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 June 15, 2023

GOP Rep. introduces bill to defund the special counsel who indicted Trump

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is going to propose legislation that would defund the office of Jack Smith, the special counsel who has indicted former President Donald Trump. 

According to Fox News, Greene announced her intention to do so Monday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"Today, I'd like to announce that I'm writing an appropriations rider to defund Jack Smith, special counsel, his office, and the investigation," Greene said.

She added, "This is a weaponized government attempt to take down the top political enemy and leading presidential candidate of the United States, Donald J. Trump."

Smith, at the direction of U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, has been investigating the alleged mishandling of classified documents by Trump after Trump left the White House.

Smith alleges that Trump has committed 37 crimes in connection with the handling of these classified documents. The crimes include willful retention of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice, withholding a document or record, corruptly concealing a document or record, concealing a document in a federal investigation, a scheme to conceal, and false statements.

Should Trump be found guilty of all of these crimes and should he receive the maximum penalty for these crimes, he would receive a prison sentence of 400 years and he would be fined millions of dollars.

Trump made his first court appearance on Tuesday, pleading not guilty to the charges.

Through social media and news media, Trump and his allies have released numerous statements on the matter. In these statements, Trump has insisted that he has done nothing wrong and that Smith's investigation is designed to put a stop to Trump's 2024 campaign for the U.S. presidency.

Trump has repeatedly highlighted the apparent disparity in the Department of Justice's (DOJ) treatment of Trump in this classified documents case and its treatment of President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and others in other classified documents cases. Infamously, Clinton was not prosecuted despite having illegally stored confidential information on a private server and despite having destroyed the evidence.

Trump has also repeatedly highlighted Smith's deep connection to the Democratic Party. Perhaps the most significant of these connections is Smith's wife, who has not only donated, multiple times, to Biden but has also produced the Michelle Obama documentary Becoming. 

Trump has used these facts and others to argue that Smith's investigation of him is political. This appears to be a large part of the impetus behind Greene's forthcoming legislation.

"We cannot allow the government to be weaponized for political purposes," she said, adding, "We have to use the power of appropriations to stop the weaponization of government."

It is unclear what, if any, support there will be in Congress for Greene's proposal to defund Smith and Smith's investigation into Trump.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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