In relation to his investigation of the former president of the United States, Special Prosecutor Jack Smith has contacted Republican Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia.
According to CNN, after the 2020 presidential election, when Trump was narrowly defeated by Vice President Joe Biden in his state and Governor Kemp refused to intervene, the two men fell out.
“I can confirm our office has been contacted by Jack Smith’s office, but we will decline to comment further at this time,” the governor’s spokesman, Andrew Isenhour, said.
CNN added the following to their report:
Trump and his top attorneys organized fake electors to submit votes to Congress on his behalf and attempted to persuade then-Vice President Mike Pence to obstruct the election result certification, according to federal investigators.
Last Sunday, Trump received a target letter in connection with Smith’s investigation, and his team is now preparing for an indictment in the case.
The target letter cites three statutes under which Trump could be charged: deprivation of rights, conspiracy to commit an offense against or defraud the United States, and tampering with a witness, according to multiple news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, which cited a source with knowledge of the situation.
Rep. Matt Gaetz introduced legislation this week that would defund the current investigation by special counsel Jack Smith in anticipation of a possible new indictment, as he was fed up with the Biden Justice Department’s unusual targeting of former president Trump.
Robert Hur, the special counsel appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate President Joe Biden’s improper handling of secret records, has not been in the public view much since his appointment in January, when the Florida Republican introduced his bill. In addition, it occurs after Trump’s statement on Tuesday that Smith will shortly charge him for the fracas in the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“I will be introducing legislation to DEFUND Jack Smith’s witch hunt against President Trump,” Gaetz wrote on Twitter just hours after Trump’s announcement on Truth Social.
“They are attacking our democracy and engaging in election interference right now. The United States Congress has the capability to stop this election interference, and we must act immediately!” Gaetz added.
Gaetz stated in a podcast recording that was posted alongside his remarks that Trump would not be in such legal trouble if he were not ahead of President Joe Biden in the polls.
The Republican lawmaker also criticized the Justice Department for a “lack of transparency” regarding who is actually part of the investigation, citing concerns about “the team of vicious Democrats” who were part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s “Russia collusion” investigation into Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Fox News announced:
Trump pleaded not guilty last month to 37 federal charges resulting from an investigation by Smith into his alleged improper retention of classified records at Mar-a-Lago.
The offenses include intentional retention of national defense information, obstruction of justice conspiracy, and false statements. This is the first time in U.S. history that a former president has been charged with federal crimes.
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