It’s important to understand Jack Smith isn’t just now investigating Donald Trump’s Saudi-funded golf tournaments. The New York Times reporting says that he issued subpoenas in the matter an unknown amount of time ago. This isn’t a new development. It’s an already-in-progress thing that we’re just now belatedly learning about.
How long ago did Smith decide to target Trump’s golf dealings with the Saudis? What was he looking for? What has he found? Is this probe into these golf tournaments complete? Are there going to be criminal charges relating to it? We have no answers to any of these questions yet.
But the point is, we’re just now finding out that Trump’s Saudi-backed golf tournaments have already been part of Jack Smith’s probe for awhile. So if you’re concerned that all these “new” avenues of Jack Smith’s probe could lead it to drag on forever before indictment, keep in kind that none of these things are “new.” They already happened, and are largely or entirely done. They’re just newly reported.
This happens all the time with these kinds of probes. For instance we all learned on Wednesday night that Matthew Calamari and his son would be testifying against Trump to the grand jury the next morning. If the Calamaris finally testified this week, they must have been dragged into this probe months ago. And we didn’t know they were even a part of this probe until a few days ago.
Think about how many key aspects of this probe are just now belatedly becoming public. Now think about how many other key aspects of this probe there must be that haven’t become public yet, and won’t until the indictment drops.
Do not assume that someone or something is not a part of this probe, just because you haven’t seen any reporting about someone or something being a part of this probe. We didn’t know until this week that Calamari and the Saudis have been involved in Jack Smith’s probe all along. What all else has been a part of this probe all along that we still don’t know about?
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report