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 March 31, 2024

Jack Smith suffers a big blow in his case against Trump

Special Counsel Jack Smith's case against former President Donald Trump might just be falling apart after a recent move by the judge overseeing the Florida case. 

This is according to a report from Newsweek.

Smith, of course, has brought two cases against Trump one in Florida and one in Washington, D.C. In the former, Smith alleges that Trump illegally mishandled classified materials when he left the White House, and, in the latter, Smith alleges that Trump committed various crimes when he attempted to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Trump has pled not guilt to all of the charges, and he alleges that Smith is running election interference for President Joe Biden by trying to put an end to Trump - Biden's challenger.

The latest

The report from Newsweek regards the case that is taking place in Florida.

The outlet reports, "Special Counsel Jack Smith could be blocked from using evidence against Donald Trump contained in grand jury investigation files, which were transferred to the former president's Florida classified documents case this week, a former prosecutor has suggested."

Newsweek goes on to explain the relevant background of this situation.

"In 2023, a grand jury in Washington, D.C., heard evidence from witnesses—including Trump's attorney, Evan Corcoran—while considering whether charges should be brought against the former president and others for hoarding classified documents," the outlet writes.

It adds, "However, Trump and his co-accused were later indicted in Florida and, under federal rules, the grand jury files were transferred on Monday to Trump-appointed judge, Aileen Cannon's court."

Here's why this is a big deal:

What this all means is that Cannon, the judge overseeing the Florida case - is now in charge of the files. And, importantly, she does not have to follow any of the rulings that were made by the Washington, D.C., courts.

This was recently explained by former prosecutor Bill Shipley.

"Because the case wasn't going to be prosecuted in D.C., the rulings made as part of the grand jury investigation are not binding on Cannon," Shapley explained on his Twitter account.

He continued, "She can exclude Corcoran as a witness by upholding the claim of privilege. She can preclude SCO Smith from using any evidence she deems was obtained in an improper manner. That's the risk that Smith ran by conducting the case in the fashion he did."

This could turn out to be really bad news for Jack Smith.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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