Special Counsel Jack Smith just personally sent a letter to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals pointing out the lies in Donald Trump’s latest filing. That’s right, the Special Counsel is working on Thanksgiving (and yes, the filing really is dated on Thanksgiving). He’s wasting no time! Trump will be indicted soon and it’s going to be glorious.
If Smith were brought in to slow roll things or “run out the clock” or to be the one to decide not to prosecute, he wouldn’t be taking this approach. It’s clear that he’s here to be the closer, and to get the job done as swiftly as the legal system will allow.
Smith still has to wait for the appeals court to rule in his favor, perhaps another week for the Supreme Court to confirm it’s still not getting involved, and then Smith’s team has to process any seized evidence it’s just now going to receive as a result of winning this ruling.
Working through the court system is a process, it’s a complex one, there are always a number of steps to every move. But the DOJ working through that process is not “running out the clock” or “dragging their heels” or any of that nonsense. It’s just the process.
Nor can Smith just “hurry up and indict Trump already” unless you want him to indict Trump without even having secured all the seized evidence yet. It’s not about “dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s” or any of that nonsense. It’s about having the evidence and all of that.
But regardless of how much of the process is left before Trump can be successfully indicted, Smith is making a point of not falling behind by even one day.
The DOJ wasn’t “messing around” before. It’s been steadily moving forward with this court process as swiftly as it could. There have been no “pauses” or “delays.” It’s just a process in court, and the DOJ has been working through it. But Special Counsel Jack Smith is definitely not messing around.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report