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Who is Jack Smith? DOJ Special Counsel seeks protective order citing Trump's 'threatening' post on Truth Social

Jack Smith will be primarily responsible for investigating the aspects of Capitol attack and Trump's role in overturning elections
John L 'Jack' Smith (L) is appointed to investigate the cases against former POTUS, Donald Trump (R) ( MSNBC screenshot/ YouTube, Chet Strange/Getty Images)
John L 'Jack' Smith (L) is appointed to investigate the cases against former POTUS, Donald Trump (R) ( MSNBC screenshot/ YouTube, Chet Strange/Getty Images)

Update: Donald Trump on Friday, Aug 4, 2023, posted a threat on the social media platform Truth Social against those involved in the case. The 77-year-old wrote: 'IF YOU GO AFTER ME, I'M COMING AFTER YOU!

DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith, who has already requested a protective order in his other case, which deals with Trump's mishandling of classified documents on Friday, Aug 4, entered Trump's post - saying 'IF YOU GO AFTER ME, I'M COMING AFTER YOU' - into evidence shortly after it was posted. He sought an emergency protective order citing that the post could be viewed as threatening to witnesses.


"If the defendant were to begin issuing public posts using details - or, for example, grand jury transcripts - obtained in discovery here, it could have a harmful chilling effect on witnesses or adversely affect the fair administration of justice in this case," Smith wrote after the post gained his attention. Smith's proposed protective order was not 'overly restrictive'. "All the proposed order seeks to prevent is the improper dissemination or use of discovery materials, including to the public. Such a restriction is particularly important in this case because the defendant has previously issued public statements on social media regarding witnesses, judges, attorneys and others associated with legal matters pending against him. And in recent days, regarding this case, the defendant has issued multiple posts - either specifically or by implication - including the following, which the defendant posted just hours ago."

A spokesperson for Trump, however, dismissed fears that the post was in any way 'threatening'. The spokesperson attributed it to 'political speech'. "The Truth post cited is the definition of political speech and was in response to the RINO, China-loving, dishonest special interest groups and Super PACs, like the ones funded by the Koch Brothers and the Club for No Growth," they said. The former president did not stop at the post alone. At a Friday night rally in Montgomery, Alabama, Trump again mocked Smith. "Deranged Jack Smith. Doesn't he look deranged?" Trump is heard saying to the crowd. "You've seen the pictures with the purple robe. He's a deranged human being. Somebody said you should treat him nicer, maybe he'd be nice. But let me tell you.  This guy is a lost soul. Bad guy. He's a deranged sick person (sic)."



WASHINGTON, DC: US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Friday, November 18, the appointment of Special Counsel Jack Smith. Attorney General has chosen Smith to oversee federal criminal investigations involving Donald Trump. The Special Counsel will be solely investigating the aspects of the Capitol attack and Trump's role in overturning elections.

In an official statement, the Attorney General claimed, "As Special Counsel, he will exercise independent prosecutorial judgment to decide whether charges should be brought. Although the Special Counsel will not be subject to the day-to-day supervision of any official of the Department, he must comply with the regulations, procedures, and policies of the Department. "


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In response to the appointment, Special counsel Jack Smith, said, "I intend to conduct the assigned investigations and any prosecutions that may result from them, independently and in the best traditions of the Department of Justice. The pace of the investigations will not pause or flag under my watch. I will exercise independent judgment and will move the investigations forward expeditiously and thoroughly to whatever outcome the facts and the law dictate.” The announcement of the appointment came three days after Trump launched his third run for the White House.

Who is John L 'Jack' Smith?

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John L. "Jack" Smith, who is appointed as the special counsel (MSNBC screenshot/ YouTube)

Jack began his professional career in 1994. He was initially appointed as an Assistant District Attorney with the New York County DA's Office. In 1999, he became an Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Between 2008 and 2010, he served with the International Criminal Court and managed war crime investigations. He returned to the Justice Department to serve as chief of the Public Integrity Section in 2010. Jack also had 30 prosecutors who handled public corruption and election crimes. In 2015, he was appointed as the First Assistant US Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. Jack also served as the chief prosecutor for the special court in the Hague charged with investigating and adjudicating war crimes in Kosovo, reported

Former President Donald Trump gets ready to speak during a Save America rally on October 1, 2022 in Warren, Michigan. Trump has endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon, Secretary of State candidate Kristina Karamo, Attorney General candidate Matthew DePerno, and Republican businessman John James ahead of the November midterm election.
Former President Donald Trump (Emily Elconin/Getty Images)

Between 2017 and 2018, he served as the vice president of litigation for the Hospital Corporation of America, reported Business Insider. One of the prominent cases he dealt with includes when he prosecuted Virginia's former governor, Robert McDonnell, on a series of corruption charges, in 2015. Similarly, in the same year, they prosecuted former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling for leaking classified information. He has also supervised criminal prosecutors in violent and gang crimes, white-collar and financial fraud, and public corruption reported

He has also won awards during his career, including the Director's Award from the Department of Justice, the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, the Federal Bar Association's Younger Federal Attorney Award, the Eastern District Association's Charles Rose Award, and the Henry L Stimson Medal by New York County Bar Association. Meanwhile, he earned his Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York, Oneonta, and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1994.

'He better be fast, or he's not a solid pick'

The Internet quickly reacted to the appointment of special counsel. A user said, "So let me get this straight..Garland appoints Jack Smith as Spec Counsel to investigate Trump's personal docs raided by the FBI. Then why is WaPo reporting: “Agents & prosecutors found no discernible business interest in the Mar-a-Lago documents”AND...we all." Another added, Jack Smith looks like he metes out Justice with a long sword and a dagger." Another claimed, "It’s going to be 12-18 months of “Jack Smith and his angry democrats”.

Meanwhile, "Democrats are saying Jack Smith is 'beyond reproach.' The definition of 'beyond reproach': 'such that no criticism can be made; perfect. ie: 'his integrity is beyond reproach' NO ONE is perfect, and NO ONE is beyond reproach cc: @RepRaskin @chrislhayes @TheDemocrats." Another sated, "Jack Smith worked for George W. Bush’s and Trump’s DOJ Therefore he is biased and cannot investigate Trump See GOP This works both ways." "Don't know whether to laugh or cry as I hear Garland insisting how *independent* and *impartial* his pick for Special Counsel, Jack Smith, will be. THE RIGHT DOES NOT CARE! They are not good-faith actors! Apppeasing them does not work!," said Mehdi Hassan, host of Mehdi Hassan show. Harry Litman, LATimes Legal Affairs Columnist. said, "trump world combing through Jack Smith's primary school library records now.."

Another claimed, "It seems to be getting lost in the shuffle that Merrick Garland appointed a war crimes prosecutor at The Hague to investigate Donald Trump." A user added, "He better be fast, or he's not a solid pick. They've dinked around for 23 months since Jan 6. I assume they only need like one more?. A tweet read, "He also has a history of investigating corrupt Republicans and not bringing charges." Another user stated, "Trump has all but admitted his various criminal conduct, and Garland keeps pretending there’s a chance it’s all just an innocent mistake. Appointing a special prosecutor just makes him look weak. No one is above the law … Yeah, right."












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