It is probable that special counsel Jack Smith had a Christmas to remember.
On December 25, Smith, who is supervising two federal criminal cases involving former President Donald Trump, was the target of an attempted “swatting” at his Maryland residence, as first reported by NBC News.
Police received a call, according to law enforcement sources who spoke with the publication, alleging that Smith had fatally shot his wife.
As a result, Montgomery County police dispatched two patrol vehicles to the address; however, deputy U.S. marshals tasked with Smith’s protection instructed the officers to cancel their visit.
The incident had not resulted in any arrests as of Tuesday afternoon.
Additional media agencies, ABC News included, reported that Smith was the target of an attack on Christmas.
As noted by Business Insider, “swatting” is when an individual files a “false report to the police to make them startle, arrest, or even harm an unsuspecting victim.”
“People who call in these swatting attempts usually tell the police that the victim is a violent criminal or is holding hostages,” the outlet said. “These sorts of reports cause police to act quickly, usually without verifying the report, to stop the supposed criminal as fast as possible.”
“Swatting gets its name from the special weapons and tactics (SWAT) division of police — the sort of police units usually called in to deal with active shooters and similar situations,” the statement continued.
The Christmas incident was almost certainly precipitated by the polarizing political climate that pervaded the United States at the time.
Smith was designated by Attorney General Merrick Garland to superintend over a criminal inquiry pertaining to the former president in November 2022.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Last year, he announced two indictments against Trump: one related to his protest of the 2020 election and supposed involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol incursion, and another involving allegations that he mishandled classified documents after leaving office.
The former president has repeatedly denied all the charges against him and accused Smith of leading a politically motivated “witch hunt” aimed at undermining his 2024 presidential campaign. CONTINUE READING…