Jack Smith ‘Worried’ About Trump Prosecution?

It has come to light that a legal expert for CNN has given special counsel Jack Smith some bad news regarding his classified documents case against former President Donald Trump via Conservative Brief.



After a three-page order by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon in which she reprimanded Smith for his most recent filing, analyst Elie Honig said he believes Smith should be “very worried.” In the same order, Cannon refused Trump’s request to have the case dismissed because the Presidential Records Act should protect him. However, she also ripped Smith.

She ruled against Trump’s motion and Cannon’s three-page order also revealed her displeasure over Smith’s characterization of her order, suggesting this may not be the last such battle in the historic prosecution of a former president and the presumptive GOP presidential candidate.

“Where does this leave the timeline of this case, Elie?” asked CNN host Brianna Keilar.

“Well, a mess, in short,” he responded. “No way that this case was gonna get tried before the election. And now, I think we have other pending issues.”

Honig noted that other legal experts have speculated that Smith might appeal to the 11th Circuit to seek Cannon’s removal from the case. The 11th Circuit has previously vacated two Trump-friendly rulings made by Cannon in this case. However, Honig believes that Cannon’s ruling has all but thwarted that possibility.

“I actually think what the judge did today forecloses that, makes it impossible to do that because the judge said, ‘Well, we’re gonna decide when the trial happens, and maybe it’s something that will go to the jury,’” Honig continued.

“You really can’t appeal that if you’re Jack Smith. And by the way, Brie, this is why I think Jack Smith is concerned with today’s ruling. Although he won in the sense that the court did not dismiss the charges, if I’m Jack Smith – and I think Smith feels the same way – I’m very worried about this defense going to a jury because it’s confusing, because it’s complicated, because it’s technical. And prosecutors always want to tell a simple, straightforward story. And frankly, defendants want to muck things up,” he added.

“And as much as I think this defense lacks merit, I do think it could confuse a jury in a way that would worry me as a prosecutor,” he said.

Trump is currently facing 32 counts related to violating the Espionage Act, a World War I-era law that several legal and constitutional experts have criticized as unconstitutional and unfair (the U.S. Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality in 1919, though it limits free speech).

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