Trump Prosecutor Hit with Ethics Complaint

( – For using his post as a means to advance a clear partisan agenda, Republican Representative Elise Stefanik of New York initiated an ethics complaint against Special Counsel Jack Smith.

The complaint was filed with the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

It accuses Smith of trying to “unlawfully interfere in the 2024 presidential election” by speeding up former President Donald Trump’s trial.

Stefanik argues that Smith’s actions breach DOJ policies by seeking to impact the election timing and by violating a court’s stay on proceedings in classified document cases and the January 6 investigations.

In her letter, Stefanik expressed her concerns: “I write today to request an ethics investigation of Biden Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith for abusing the resources of the federal government to unlawfully interfere with the 2024 presidential election.”

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

“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,” she added.

Smith had asked the Supreme Court in December to rush Trump’s Jan. 6 case by bypassing lower courts and address the president’s claim of immunity quickly.

Trump’s legal team blasted the move, noting Smith’s “evident desire to schedule President Trump’s potential trial during the summer of 2024—at the height of the election season.”

Although the Supreme Court has yet to decide on this matter, it recently deliberated on Trump’s presidential immunity after the D.C. Circuit dismissed his claims.

Judge Tanya Chutkan, the one overseeing Trump’s case, made it clear in January that her order pausing the proceedings did not strictly prohibit submitting new filings.

She stated, “The basic function of a deadline is not to authorize a filing, but to time-limit it; correspondingly, the lifting of a deadline removes that time limit but does not necessarily bar the filing.”

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