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Trump lawyer issues call for investigation of Jack Smith

 August 28, 2023

A lawyer representing former President Donald Trump has called for an investigation into Special Counsel Jack Smith, labeling the charges against Trump mere "theatrics".

Attorney Alina Habba, who serves as a legal spokesperson for Trump amid his recent indictments, made this statement during an appearance on Fox News Sunday with host Shannon Bream. Habba argues that the charges filed against Trump are an attempt to "tie him up" ahead of the 2024 presidential election, as Fox News reported.

Trials likely to be pushed back

Habba said:

We're not concerned because we know the facts of the cases, which I can't get into, obviously, for privileged reasons, but I can tell you that it's to tie him up. It's definitely political. The motivation [of Fulton County DA Fani Willis] is now under investigation by Jim Jordan for, and I believe Jack Smith should be investigated as well.

Habba also mentioned that Trump plans to push back the dates for his trials, currently scheduled to begin in early 2024.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has requested that Trump's trial for her case begin as early as this fall. Habba noted:

These trial dates also are going to move. It's unrealistic. It's theatrics, and no judge is going to say that you can be on two trials at once in two different states, because a lot of these overlap. They look at the start date of the trial, but these are four- to six-week trials at the least. So, there's no way they're not going to overlap. I mean, they're gonna have to go into October, November of next year, again, by design.

Trump's campaign raises $7.1 million

This development comes after the former president surrendered to authorities in Georgia and submitted to a mugshot.

Despite the legal challenges, Trump's campaign has managed to raise a staggering $7.1 million since his surrender to Georgia authorities.

This indicates a strong support base and financial backing, which could play a crucial role in his legal defense and potential political comeback.

The indictment out of Georgia was Trump's fourth.

Trump is the first former president in United States history to face criminal charges.

Trump was first charged in March out of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s years-long investigation related to hush-money payments made during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The former commander in chief pleaded not guilty to all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree.

Additionally, Smith brought charges against Trump related to the improper handling of classified materials.

Trump entered a plea of not guilty for all 37 felony charges resulting from that probe.

Implications for the 2024 presidential election

The timing of the trials and the potential pushback of the dates could have significant implications for the 2024 presidential election.

If the trials are delayed until late 2024, as Habba suggests, it could impact Trump's ability to run for office or campaign effectively.

It can significant hinder Trump's ability to fly across the country to campaign for another term in the Oval Office.

Conclusion

  • Trump's lawyer, Alina Habba, calls for an investigation into Special Counsel Jack Smith and labels the charges against Trump as "theatrics".
  • Habba indicates that the trial dates are likely to be pushed back and overlap, making it unrealistic to have two trials at once in two different states.
  • Since Trump's surrender to Georgia authorities, his campaign has raised $7.1 million.
  • Trump faces charges related to hush-money payments, mishandling of classified documents, and the storming of the U.S. Capitol, but has pleaded not guilty to all charges.