Jack Smith is now putting half of Mar-a-Lago in front of the grand jury that’s indicting Donald Trump
DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith has reportedly subpoenaed dozens of people at Mar-a-Lago, including property staffers and political advisers, to testify against Donald Trump to a grand jury, according to a new report from CNN. More to the point, that testimony is already underway, meaning we’re already past the part where these witnesses may have tried and failed to avoid testifying.
As tends to be the case with news about grand jury probes in general, and with Smith’s grand jury probe in particular, is that we’re learning this information well after the fact. Smith already has these witnesses testifying to the grand jury, and until last night no one on the outside even knew they’d been so much as subpoenaed.
So what kind of timetable does this put us on for the DOJ criminally indicting Donald Trump in his classified documents scandal? We still have no way of knowing for certain. But this latest news is a reminder that this case is much further along than most folks in the media and pundit class have been suggesting. The bottom line: Trump is going to find himself criminally indicted in three different jurisdictions, and he’ll stand trial in all three of them.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report