This evening Donald Trump publicly posted a letter that his attorneys sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland, requesting an emergency meeting to discuss Jack Smith’s impending criminal indictment in the classified documents probe.
Garland has declined Trump’s attorneys’ request tonight. Garland’s office said to the media that “Jack Smith is running this investigation.” No surprise here. Garland appointed Smith to indict Trump, and now he’s simply letting Smith do his job. There was always roughly a 100% chance that Garland would handle it this way.
The only real news here is that Trump’s attorneys clearly think his indictment is imminent. Publicly asking Garland for a meeting is nothing more than a publicity stunt (for an audience of one) aimed at convincing Trump that they’re doing something to try to stop the indictment. Trump’s attorneys are choosing this particular time to send this stunt letter because they expect Trump could be indicted at any moment.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report