When Merrick Garland asked Jack Smith to investigate Donald Trump’s dirty dealings, Smith took him seriously. He is not only investigating the classified documents issue, but he has also been looking closely at Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election. He is now digging even deeper into the election interference case. Perhaps that means the documents case is ready to go, though he has seemingly been handling both with no trouble. Smith is now specifically looking at the firing of Christopher Krebs, the election security expert who contradicted Trump’s claims of fraud.
Smith has subpoenaed former staff of the Trump White House who he believes had some involvement in Krebs’ firing. Krebs pronounced the 2020 election: “the most secure in American history” at the time. For Trump to then go out and continue to claim something untoward happened with the election hints at Trump knowingly perpetrating a fraud on the American people. Well, we knew that didn’t we? But Smith must prove it, and it seems that is his goal. He is also looking at Trump’s attempt to involve the DOJ in his fraud.
Once Krebs released his official statement, which included in bold print: “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” Krebs’ team looked at how election officials across the country used paper ballots to back up the final vote count. By doing so, officials were able to determine that the votes were legitimate, and as much as Trump didn’t want to hear it, he lost. Incensed by Krebs’ report, Trump tweeted his firing, calling his statement “highly inaccurate.” It was anything but inaccurate, and it was backed up by officials in various states.
Krebs eventually testified before the House Select Committee and told them he was “aware of skepticism” regarding his “loyalty to the president.” In other words, if you don’t agree with Trump-even when you have evidence that you’re right-you are “disloyal.” According to NYT, Trump surrounded himself with a group whose sole purpose seemed to be pointing at people they found disloyal to Trump and getting rid of them. According to NYT, John McEntee was at the helm, and members of the personnel office began working on a document that contained reasons not to trust Krebs. McEntee has testified before the grand jury, and we can only wonder how much of that testimony led to the subpoenas.
Trump is a typically spoiled wealthy man who cannot be bothered to think for himself. He hires people to do that for him, and even if they’re wrong, he takes their advice as gospel. Jack Smith is using that to dig a hole out up which Trump cannot escape. His team is focusing on Trump’s state of mind and is establishing a timeline of events leading to the January 6 insurrection. They issued the employee subpoenas approximately two weeks ago, indicating that Smith’s investigation is far from over. There are many pieces to this puzzle, and Jack Smith is determined to accurately assemble it.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years