Attorney General Merrick Garland is being contacted by the lawyers for former President Donald Trump, who claim that Trump is being treated unfairly.
On Tuesday, Garland received a letter from Trump’s attorneys. It reads:
“We represent Donald J. Trump, the 45′ President of the United States, in the investigation currently being conducted by the Special Counsel’s Office. Unlike President Biden, his son Hunter, and the Biden family, President Trump is being treated unfairly. No President of the United States has ever, in the history of our country, been baselessly investigated in such an outrageous and unlawful fashion. We request a meeting at your earliest convenience to discuss the ongoing injustice that is being perpetrated by your Special Counsel and his prosecutors.”
According to a person familiar with the investigation, the letter comes as Special Counsel Jack Smith has been attempting to conclude his investigation into the Trump classified materials issue over the previous few weeks.
It’s unclear when Smith will reveal the findings of the inquiry or whether he intends to charge Trump.
After the FBI conducted a search at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on August 8, 2022, looking for missing sensitive materials, Garland named Smith as special counsel in November 2022.
“Several former FBI agents, prosecutors, and CIA officials have reacted with shock to reports the federal bureau was “afraid” to investigate Donald Trump’s handling of classified materials,” Newsweek reported in March.
According to a report by The Washington Post, the FBI was hesitant to raid the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence in August 2022 to recover long-sought-after sensitive materials and instead wanted Trump to voluntarily hand them over.
The report, citing unnamed sources, said that some FBI agents in the Washington field office wanted to close the classified material investigation in June 2022 following an assurance from Trump’s legal team that all documents that needed to be handed to the National Archives and Records Administration in January 2021 had been returned.
Republicans have long raised concerns about the “weaponization” of the federal government under the Biden administration and have created a special panel to look into such issues. The latest report, critics say, suggests the opposite is true: that Trump’s attacks had “chilled” attempts to investigate him.
Senior FBI officials reportedly preferred to obtain Trump’s permission to search his property rather than conduct a raid out of worry that it would be perceived as being overly aggressive.
The perception of investigators searching a former president’s home while wearing “FBI” jacket insignia is reported to have alarmed Steven M. D’Antuono, who was then in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office.
According to The Post, several FBI agents were reluctant to raid Mar-a-Lago because they were “simply afraid” of the consequences and how it may damage their careers.
It was reportedly referred to as “the hangover of Crossfire Hurricane” by one official, alluding to the FBI investigation into the disproved claims that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to sway the 2016 election.
Democrats are hitting Trump with a slew of legal attacks.
Last week, Fani Willis, the district attorney for Fulton County, GA, suggested that her ongoing investigation against former President Donald Trump and his supporters may result in indictments being sought in early to mid-August.
Democrats and anti-Trump RINOs are doing everything they can to keep Trump off of ballots in the 2024 presidential election.
The timeline was revealed in a letter sent on Thursday to 20 additional county officials as well as Chief Judge Ural Glanville of Fulton Superior Court. Between July 31 and August 18, Willis mentioned 10 days during which she intends to assign a sizable portion of her personnel to work remotely.
“This remote work will reduce the number of Fulton County District Attorney’s office staff in the Fulton County Courthouse and Government Center by approximately 70%,” Willis stated, indicating that only her group of leaders, armed researchers, and a few other groups will be present there during those times.
Two ordinary grand juries with the power to indict are set to hear testimony on the dates that the remote work will be done. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the “Grand Jury A” convenes, whereas on Thursdays and Fridays, the “Grand Jury B” meets.
On any given day, those grand juries, which have 16 to 23 members and convene for terms of two months, hear testimony for all kinds of felony charges, from murder and arson to stealing. At least 12 grand jurors must concur that there is sufficient probable cause—more evidence pointing to a crime being committed—to bring an indictment.
The New York Times broke the news of Willis’ letter, which is yet another clear indication that the DA intends to file charges against prominent figures who vehemently contested Georgia’s 2020 outcome, notably Trump.
When they pushed state authorities to “find” votes and called for a special legislative session to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s close victory, the former president and his associates may have violated Georgia laws, according to the district attorney, who has spent more than two years investigating the matter.