Special counsel Jack Smith blasted by legal experts over J6 Trump charges

 August 3, 2023

Special counsel Jack Smith is being criticized by legal experts over charges against former President Donald Trump over his role in the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

Legal scholar Jonathan Turley addressed the topic during a recent segment on Fox News.

The pushback

"The most jarring thing about this indictment is it basically just accuses him of disinformation — this is a disinformation indictment," said legal scholar Jonathan Turley, a professor of public interest law at George Washington University.

"It said [Trump] was spreading falsehoods, that [he] was undermining the integrity of the election — that is all part of the First Amendment," Turley said. "And I think that courts will look skeptically."

A 'speedy trial'

Smith also wants a "speedy trial" in the case against Trump over the events at the Capitol.

“Lies by the defendant targeted at obstructing a bedrock function of the U.S. government, a nation’s process of collecting, counting and certifying the results of the presidential election,” Smith said.

“They’re patriots and they’re the very best of us. They did not just defend a building or the people sheltering in it. They put their lives on the line to defend who we are as a country and as a people. They defended the very institutions and principles that define the United States,” he added concerning the officers defending the Capitol.

The court appearance

"Trump has been summoned to appear before a federal magistrate judge in the city on Thursday. It is the third time in four months he has been criminally charged even as he campaigns to regain the presidency next year," Sky News reported.

"The latest indictment alleges he conspired to prevent politicians from certifying Mr. Biden's victory and to deprive voters of their right to a fair election," it continued.

The concerns continue to grow for Trump as he faces yet another legal battle on his path to becoming president again in 2024.

The Thursday court appearance will likely include another not-guilty plea and more legal controversies ahead for the former president.

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