The former President Donald Trump’s defense team met on Thursday with Special Counsel Jack Smith’s team, without Trump’s lawyers getting any information or even an advance warning about the timing of the possible second federal indictment against Trump for his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 elections.
We reported earlier in mid-July that Trump had received a letter this month from Smith, informing him that he was the subject of a criminal investigation into the Capitol Riot on Jan. 6, 2021, and other actions relating to the 2020 Presidential Election, which Trump continues to call “rigged” or “stolen.”
According to reports, the prosecutors listened politely and without indicating their intentions beyond those they had communicated in a letter earlier to the former President as Mr. Trump’s lawyers presented their arguments.
Following the meeting, Trump posted on Truth Social:
My attorneys had a productive meeting with the DOJ this morning, explaining in detail that I did nothing wrong, was advised by many lawyers, and that an Indictment of me would only further destroy our Country. No indication of notice was given during the meeting — Do not trust the Fake News on anything!
Sources familiar with Trump’s thinking said that since receiving the letter of the target, Trump has argued strongly against a meeting between Smith’s attorneys and his team, believing the indictment to be a done deal.
Former President Bush has a history of trying to delay court proceedings – which I don’t think is a good or bad strategy – in this case until after the presidential election in 2024. Trump and his team also want to make the most of their efforts to portray Smith’s charges as a “witch-hunt” against Trump, this time as his chief rival Joe Biden who is also involved in the Biden Family Business Scandal.
Who would have thought that in a country of over 334 million, we could find ourselves in 2020 again? It looks as if we are headed in that direction, barring any unforeseen changes.
Jack Smith’s team also filed Trump’s first federal charge in Miami, Florida, in early June. The seven counts included conspiracy to obstruct justice, willful retention of documents, and false statements. Although Trump was given a heads-up about the indictment of June, prosecutors do not have to warn investigation targets.
This is an evolving story. It seems that we are always covering stories about Donald Trump or Joe Biden.
Has anyone heard yet if Joe Biden’s German Shepherd “Commander” has bitten any Secret Service agents? Joe Biden has not bitten any Secret Service agents.
It’s safe to say that, as with Trump’s other post-presidency criminal indictments in the past, a second federal indictment against Trump would not have any negative impact on his supporters. In fact, it would probably only strengthen their resolve and that of Trump, even if he ends up in jail.
The most important question is:
What impact would this kind of resolve on Trump’s supporters have on the Republican Party in November 2024? And what about the country four years later?