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    Congresswoman Elise Stefanik Files An Ethics Complaint Against Jack Smith 

    April 30, 2024
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    House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik has accused Special Counsel Jack Smith of interfering in the 2024 presidential election.

    Stefanik (R-NY) sent a letter Tuesday to the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility demanding DOJ conduct a review of Smith’s handling of the election subversion case against former President Donald Trump.

    Elise Stefanik’s has listed a litany of alleged ethics violations.

    “It’s obvious to any reasonable observer that Jack Smith is trying to interfere with the 2024 election and stop the American people from electing Donald Trump,” Stefanik said in a statement.

    The Congresswoman is accusing Smith of improperly seeking to expedite a trial and issuing court filings in the 2020 election subversion case while the court stayed the case.  

    Last December, Smith’s team asked the U.S. Supreme Court to fast-track consideration of Trump’s presidential immunity appeal.

    The “public interest in a prompt resolution of this case favors an immediate, definitive decision by” the high court argued Smith.

    In the end, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Smith’s bid, resulting in the trial start date — initially slated for March 4 — getting delayed indefinitely. 

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    "Jack Smith’s multiple attempts to rush to trial the federal January 6th case against President Trump violated long-standing, explicit Justice Department policy," Stefanik wrote.

    "Further, Jack Smith’s repeated violations of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia’s stay of proceedings are a lawless breach of trial ethics and lawyerly conduct. Jack Smith’s actions brought disrepute to the Justice Department and the federal government as a whole, and he should face discipline appropriately,” she argues. 

    “This extraordinary petition sought to bypass the normal appellate process,” Stefanik emphasized. “The only way to reconcile Jack Smith’s filings is to recognize that his obvious goal was not to seek justice and the neutral application of the law, but rather to get President Trump — and get him before November.”

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the matter last Thursday but has yet to hand down a decision on the matter.

    Asserting that Smith violated DOJ’s own rule, Stefanik cited the DOJ’s own manual stipulating that prosecutors “may never select the timing of any action … for the purpose of affecting any election, or for the purpose of giving an advantage or disadvantage to any candidate or political party.”

    Jack Smith was appointed by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland in late 2022 to oversee the DOJ’s cases involving the former President Trump.

    Smith is tasked with overseeing the DOJ’s four-count indictment against Trump over the 2020 election and the 40-count indictment over the Mar-a-Lago document ordeal.

    Trump  is facing a total of 88 criminal counts across four indictments. He has pleaded not guilty to all of them.



    Christine Dolan

    Christine Dolan is a seasoned Investigative Journalist, television producer, author, and photographer. She is Co-Founder of American Conversations whose format focuses on in-depth analysis of critical issues about “the story behind the headlines.”
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    Jack Smith should have been disbarred after the Eron debacle! He has no ethics or morals!


    I disagree with Elise, only because the ethics complaint implies Jack Smith holds an actual position created by Congress after being nominated by POTUS. Neither of those happened. Thus it's not an ethics violation, it's a CONSTITUTIONAL violation of Trump and his rights.


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