On a late Saturday, special counsel Jack Smith’s office submitted a comprehensive 45-page filing, revealing the outcomes of extensive interviews with senior intelligence officials who served under former President Donald Trump. The revelations within the filing directly undermine Trump’s claims of external interference in the 2020 presidential election.
As reported by Politico‘s Kyle Cheney, the purpose of the filing is to thwart the former president’s legal team’s attempt to gain access to a broad range of classified intelligence. This move is part of Trump’s defense strategy against charges alleging that he conspired to undermine the 2020 election results.
One aspect of Trump’s defense revolves around his assertion of foreign interference as a justification for attempting to overturn the election outcome. However, the filing, spearheaded by senior assistant special counsel Thomas Windom, unequivocally states, “The answer from every single official was no.”
According to the report Trump’s “former DNI, former acting secretary of DHS, former acting deputy secretary of DHS, former CISA director, former acting CISA director, former CISA senior cyber counsel, former national security adviser, former deputy NSA, former chief of staff to the National Security Council, former chairman of the Election Assistance Commission, presidential intelligence briefer, former secretary of Defense and former DOJ leadership” were questioned if there was any evidence that foreign or domestic agents interfered with the election totals to which the answer was none.
Notably, the filing goes beyond refuting Trump’s claims, shedding light on the extensive cooperation of officials who have provided information and guidance to Department of Justice investigators. This disclosure, as highlighted by Politico’s Cheney, contributes to the growing understanding of the broad scope of Jack Smith’s investigation.
Saturday’s filing adds yet another layer to the ongoing revelations, further emphasizing the far-reaching nature of Smith’s inquiry into the events surrounding the 2020 election. The filing serves as a significant development in the legal landscape, providing insights into the collective testimony of senior intelligence officials and the comprehensive nature of the investigation.