It’s becoming more clear that when Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Special Counsel Jack Smith, it was because multiple DOJ criminal cases against Donald Trump were coming up for indictment, and a “closer” was needed to pull it all together. That’s becoming more clear now, thanks to some interesting new reporting.
For instance, CNN reported last September that a DOJ prosecutor named JP Cooney had long been running a federal criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s finances. Now the New York Times is confirming that when Jack Smith was appointed Special Counsel, he immediately added Cooney to his team. This suggests that Smith decided early on that Cooney had a viable criminal case against Trump over his finances, and added Cooney to his team so that those charges can be brought as part of Smith’s overall indictment strategy against Trump.
This is in addition to the DOJ criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s theft of classified documents, which has reportedly reached the stage where Trump’s own attorney testified against him to the grand jury last month. There is also the DOJ criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s January 6th plot, which has reportedly reached the stage where Mike Pence – the highest level and therefore presumably final witness – has been subpoenaed.
It’s starting to look like these DOJ criminal cases against Donald Trump are quite far along – and that there are not just the two highest profile cases, but in fact several of them. At this point the question isn’t whether the DOJ will criminally indict Trump; that’s essentially a given. The only questions are just how many kinds of felony charges the DOJ hits Trump with, and in what order they arrive.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report