Three Republican members of the House Oversight Committee, namely James Comer (R-KY), Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), have formally requested Special Counsel Jack Smith to provide all documents related to his indictments of former President Donald Trump.
In a letter signed by the lawmakers, they specifically demanded “all documents and communications” between Smith’s office and the Justice Department pertaining to Trump.
Luna, expressing urgency, stated on X, “It’s time Jack Smith and the DOJ answer to Congress. Jack has until December 15 to provide me, along with @RepJamesComer and @Jim_Jordan, with ALL communications and documents about indicting @realDonaldTrump and where he got his authority to do so.”
The requested documents include details about Smith’s authority to convene grand juries in Washington D.C. and Florida, as well as the power to grant immunity to witnesses. The letter accuses Smith of exceeding prosecutorial limits, citing instances where the Supreme Court overturned convictions based on broad theories of prosecution, similar to those employed in Trump’s case.
According to a report by Raw Story on Friday, Smith, the chief prosecutor, has filed two criminal indictments against Trump, one alleging election interference in Washington D.C., and another accusing the former president of unlawfully retaining classified documents in Florida. Trump has entered a plea of not guilty for both cases.
The lawmakers argue that the House Oversight Committee has a constitutional right to review Smith’s records, emphasizing concerns about the potential political motivations behind the investigation.
They assert that the Committee is conducting oversight of the Department of Justice, particularly in light of what they perceive as an aggressive pursuit of former President Trump. The letter suggests that the investigation may be a calculated effort to tarnish Trump’s image before the 2024 Presidential election.
Amidst various charges against Trump, including criminal cases in New York and Georgia, one accusation is that he allegedly collaborated with co-defendant Jeffrey Clark to leverage the power of the Justice Department in an attempt to overturn the election results.