Gaetz Calls On DOJ Inspector General To Investigate Jack Smith

( – Florida’s Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz has asked the Justice Department’s independent watchdog to investigate Special Counsel Jack Smith and uncover the extent to which his case against Donald Trump is impacted by the US Presidential election. Gaetz wrote to the Office of the Inspector General Michael Horowitz asking why Smith is keen to fast-track the Supreme Court’s ruling on Trump’s immunity argument so that his trial can get underway.

Mr. Gaetz points to the Justice Manual, which states that prosecutors may not time any action, investigation, or charge to impact any election or to give one candidate an advantage over another. The Floridian concludes that “Jack Smith sees it as of paramount importance to hold a trial before the November 2024 election.”

The letter refers to Donald Trump’s attempt to have the federal election interference case against him dismissed because he enjoys Presidential immunity, but the Supreme Court has yet to rule on the question. Special Counsel Smith asked the Court to expedite its decision last December, but the Court refused, sending it to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. That Court ruled against the immunity claim, and it has therefore traveled back to the Supreme Court, which has given a date in April to start hearing arguments.

Rep. Gaetz, who believes the Smith case against Trump is politically motivated, is joined in his criticisms by fellow Floridian Rep. Byron Donalds, who described the prosecutor as a “lunatic” appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland because he will “do anything” to get a conviction.

Matt Gaetz has made previous attempts to rein in Mr. Smith’s Trump prosecution and, last year, introduced a bill to the House of Representatives to defund the Special Counsel. He also complained of a lack of transparency about who exactly is involved with the investigation, believing it is a Democrat attempt to utilize the Justice Department to prevent Trump from running an effective White House campaign.

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