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Nov 23, 2022
Special Counsel Jack Smith Has History of Botched Prosecutions of Political Leaders
Special Counsel Jack Smith Has History of Botched Prosecutions of Political Leaders
Newly-appointed Special Counsel Jack Smith, tapped by Attorney General Merick Garland to investigate former President Donald Trump, has a history of botched prosecutions of leading political leaders. The Associated Press reported Saturday: After a stint as a war crimes prosecutor, he rejoined the Justice Department to lead the public integrity section. During his tenure, the section pressed ahead with significant, but challenging, prosecutions against prominent public figures from both political parties. Prosecutors scored a public corruption conviction against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, but the case was later overturned by the Supreme Court. The section also prosecuted former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards, but a jury acquitted him on one count and deadlocked on others and the Justice Department declined to try him again. Smith also had a number of victories: Smith, for instance, led the unit when Arizona congressman Rick Renzi was convicted
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