Jack Smith is reportedly contemplating 30 to 45 extra fees towards Trump
Federal prosecutors are reportedly considering filing another 30 to 45 criminal charges against Donald Trump that contain evidence the Justice Department has yet to recognize, including more Trump footage.
The Independent reported:
According to sources familiar with the matter, the ministry has made preparations to bring a so-called “superstitute indictment” against the ex-president – a second set of charges against an already indicted defendant, which could include more serious crimes that could do so in different places, depending on how prosecutors view the case they have brought against him in federal court in Florida.
Prosecutors are now poised to add an additional 30 to 45 counts to the 37-count indictment filed against Mr Trump on June 8. They would use evidence against the ex-president that has not yet been publicly acknowledged by the ministry, including other records obtained by prosecutors that show Mr Trump made incriminating statements.
If this reporting is correct, it seems to confirm the suggestions of other legal experts. Special Counsel Jack Smith has a back-up plan in case Judge Aileen Cannon goes off track again trying to save Trump in Florida. The existence of potentially more tapes would be consistent with Trump’s presidency when he was surrounded by people seemingly constantly recording him and taking notes as a survival mechanism.
Experts were curious as to why federal prosecutors in New Jersey had not filed charges against Trump for leaking confidential information.
The answer may be that prosecutors will look at their cards and not present all the evidence at once that is available to them.
Reporting is vague, so it is uncertain whether all possible charges would relate to the classified documents case or the 1/6 case Investigations against Trump.
Either way, Trump seems to lack an exit ramp, and if he continues to treat his situation as a political issue, he could end up facing fresh charges.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also White House press secretary and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. The focus of his thesis was on public policy with a focus on social reform movements.
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