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 September 10, 2023

Jim Jordan opens investigation into Jack Smith's alleged 'prosecutorial misconduct'

Former President Donald Trump faces multiple indictments, including two by the hands of Special Counsel Jack Smith, one over classified documents stored at Mar-a-Lago, and another involving the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 Capitol protests.

According to The Daily Wire, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) stirred headlines over the weekend by announcing that his panel will launch an investigation into what they believe to be "prosecutorial misconduct" by the AG Merrick Garland-appointed special counsel.

The outlet noted:

A letter sent to Smith on Thursday cites media reports about allegations that Jay Bratt, a senior prosecutor involved in the special counsel’s inquiry, used “abusive” tactics.

Jordan specifically raised concerns about Bratt allegedly bringing up a judgeship application in an attempt to improperly pressure a lawyer for Trump’s associate and co-defendant Walter Nauta. In addition, the chairman noted that Bratt later filed a motion alleging conflicts of interest involving the same lawyer, Stanley Woodward.

In his letter to Smith, Jordan and his committee held nothing back, expressing deep concern over the situation.

"Last year, Jay Bratt—one of your senior prosecutors and top aides—allegedly improperly pressured Stanley Woodward, a lawyer representing a defendant indicted by you, by implying that the Administration would look more favorably on Mr. Woodward’s candidacy for a judgeship if Mr.Woodward’s client cooperated with the Office of the Special Counsel," Jordan's letter read.

He added, "This attempt to inappropriately coerce Mr. Woodward raises serious concerns about the abusive tactics of the Office of the Special Counsel and the Department’s commitment to its mission to uphold the rule of law and ensure impartial justice."

Jordan noted Bratt's attempt to "bully" Nauta, a co-defendant in the indictment against Trump.

"Mr. Bratt’s attempt to bully Mr. Nauta in cooperating, first by extorting his attorney and then by alleging a conflict of interest that precludes his attorney from the case, seriously calls into question your team and your ability to remain impartial and uphold the Department’s mission," Jordan wrote.

Jordan requested a number of documents and materials related to the case, though it's unclear if Smith will cooperate.

The Ohio Republican's letter generated a mountain of commentary across social media. Some expressed doubts that anything will come of it.

"And nothing at all will happen," one X user wrote.

"Prosecutorial misconduct at the heart of the Biden DOJ abuse of Trump," wrote Tom Fitton, president of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Only time will tell if the investigation makes any headway.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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