Earlier this week it was reported that Special Counsel Jack Smith was mere weeks away from making “critical” charging decisions. At the time, Palmer Report pointed out that Smith obviously didn’t take the job just to decide not to carry out any key prosecutions. Now Smith’s own moves are underscoring that.
Any federal criminal probe has an investigative stage and a prosecutorial stage. Up to now the various DOJ criminal cases into Donald Trump and his co-conspirators have obviously been the investigative stage. But now, per Bloomberg, Jack Smith has hired two prosecutors with backgrounds in prosecuting public corruption cases. By definition, these kinds of cases are brought against public officials.
When you start hiring prosecutors, it means you’re ready to start prosecuting people, which means you’re bringing criminal charges. And when you hire prosecutors with a specialty in public corruption, it means you’re bringing criminal charges against public officials. This is what we’ve been waiting for. Here we go.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report