Trump's House allies want language in spending bill that would defund Jack Smith

 June 27, 2024

There was a time when Special Counsel Jack Smith had nothing short a slam dunk against former President Donald Trump. 

Now, he's in trouble in more ways than one, including from members of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

According to Fox News, several House GOP negotiators are pushing to insert language into the next DOJ spending bill that would defund Special Counsel Jack Smith's office.

At least three House Republicans are moving to insert language that would, in different ways, target the prosecutors going after President Trump in a number of cases, including Smith.

What's going on?

Several House GOP negotiators "stopped short" of inserting such language into the bill, which didn't sit well with some House Republicans like Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA).

"When we have our full House Appropriations Committee markup for CJS next month, I will file my amendment to prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding the prosecution of a presidential candidate before the 2024 election. This measure would impact Fani Willis, Alvin Bragg, and Jack Smith, as they all receive federal funds,"  Clyde told reporters.

Another top Trump ally, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), said according to a source that she's also willing to include amendments in the final text of the spending bill that would target the same prosecutors.

Fox News noted:

Greene said Tuesday evening that it was a "failure" for the House GOP to not defund Smith in the legislation's base text.

The third House Republican looking to add amendments that would strip Smith's funding is Rep. Andy Ogles of Tennessee.

House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) spearheaded the measure to defund Jack Smith and other prosecutors who many believe unfairly targeted Donald Trump.

Letter sent

Jordan fired off a letter to House Appropriations Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) earlier this month demanding such moves.

Fox News noted:

Earlier this month, Jordan sent a letter to House Appropriations Chairman Tom Cole, R-Okla., recommending that the spending bill "include language to eliminate federal funding for state prosecutors or state attorneys general involved in lawfare and to zero out federal funding for federal prosecutors engaged in such abuse."

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) seemed to not be as enthusiastic about including such amendments, which surprised no one.

Only time will tell if Trump's allies in Congress are able to get it done, and if so, what that will mean for Trump's legal future.

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