Elise Stefanik slaps Jack Smith with formal ethics complaint for ‘illegal election interference’

The former president’s legal battles brought forth a new allegation of election interference, but instead of against Trump — it was against Special Counsel Jack Smith.

Tuesday New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, the chair of the House Republican Conference, took aim at the Justice Department appointee with a formal ethics complaint. In a letter addressed to the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the GOP leader both accused Smith of meddling with the 2024 presidential election and of violating department standards.

“Jack Smith’s multiple attempts to rush to trial the federal January 6th case against President Trump violated long-standing, explicit Justice Department policy,” stated the congresswoman’s letter. “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.”

Posting the letter on social media, Stefanik noted, “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. At every turn, he has sought to accelerate his illegal prosecution of President Trump for the clear (if unstated) purpose of trying him before the November election.”

Last week, the case against former President Donald Trump, which alleged an attempt to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, had a hearing at the Supreme Court regarding the argument of presidential immunity. Whether the court kicked the case back to the United States Court of Appeals or made a ruling on their own by the June end of the current term, the likelihood remained that this particular instance of lawfare wouldn’t be resolved until after the November election despite the push for trial to begin in March.

Stefanik took aim at Smith’s attempt to see the opposite play out as she highlighted the volume of materials related to the case to make her charge that the special counsel was deliberately rushing the process as part of an effort to help the Democrats maintain control of the White House.

“There exist approximately thirteen million pages of discovery for President Trump to review, plus thousands of hours of camera footage. Prosecutors bringing a case of this complexity–with so many consequential and novel legal issues to sort out–would normally never seek to bring it to trial within five months,” her letter to the DOJ stated. “The only reason to push for such an early trial date was to work to get the case tried before the November election, and the Justice Department Manual clearly forbids Jack Smith from taking any action on that basis.”

Using Smith’s own words against him that “no one in this country…is above the law,” Stefanik added, “If that is true, then he should be open to, and welcome, an ethics investigation into conduct that, on its face, implicates potential violations of DOJ policy and multiple rules of professional conduct.”

“Biden special counsel Jack Smith’s highly unusual and clearly improper attempts to expedite the trial, and his blatant violation of District Court orders, evidence his partisan attempt to influence the results of the 2024 presidential election,” wrote the chair. “Thus, your office should open an investigation into Biden special counsel Jack Smith’s apparent violations of Justice Department standards and his other ethical duties, in Biden special counsel Jack Smith’s obvious attempt to politicize his criminal prosecution and unlawfully interfere in the 2024 presidential election.”

Kevin Haggerty

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