Jack Smith adds war crimes prosecutor to team trying Trump

 September 26, 2023

Special prosecutor Jack Smith--who will be trying two cases against former President Donald Trump next year--has reportedly added a war crimes prosecutor who was his former deputy when he worked at the Hague to the team.

Alex Whiting worked with Smith for three years trying people for war crimes that took place in Kosovo in the 1990s.

He also worked for the International Criminal Court from 2010 to 2013. He has taught classes at Harvard Law School since 2007.

It was unclear, however, what role Whiting would have on the team. No one on Smith's team or Whiting's would answer any questions from Politico about the hire.

Whiting spotted in court

Whiting was seen in the courtroom of Judge Tanya Chutkan, who will preside over Trump's cases, on Wednesday and Thursday.

During a break in the trial, which was for a January 6 defendant, Whiting introduced himself to prosecutors and said he "just joined" the Smith office.

Whiting wrote numerous articles during the Robert Mueller investigation suggesting that the case against Trump was strong legally even though Trump was never accused of any criminal activity in that probe.

Whiting's Twitter account has been deleted, even though he was active prior to mid-2022.

One of several Smith associates

In addition to his work on Kosovo war crimes, Whiting also prosecuted organized crime in Boston from 1995 to 2022.

He is one of several former associates that Jack Smith has hired to help him prosecute Trump. David Harbach and Raymond Hulser are his top deputies now, and they worked with him in the Obama Justice Department when he headed the Public Integrity section.

Harbach recently observed jury selection for the trial of Peter Navarro, a Trump aide represented by Stanley Woodward.

Woodward is also Walt Nauta's attorney, and Smith is also prosecuting Nauta, who was another Trump aide, as a co-defendant in the Trump classified documents case.

Election interference

One of the federal trials--the one charging him with trying to overturn the 2020 election--is slated to start the day before Super Tuesday, when Trump should by all rights be campaigning rather than appearing in court. It is almost certain that his lawyers will call for a delay in that trial--unless it still seems to be helping Trump's poll numbers, that is.

His supporters are calling the entire prosecution--all four indictments, in fact--election interference because of how they are likely to impact the campaign. Much to Democrats' dismay, they may have interfered for Trump's benefit, however.

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