Former President Donald Trump wants a confrontation with the Department of Justice over the federal investigation into his alleged possession of classified documents, comparing his treatment to that of President Joe Biden’s son.
The documents, which were seized during a search on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida last year, are part of a long-running dispute between the former president and the National Archives over whether all material that should have been sent to the archives was.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed special counsel Jack Smith to supervise the investigation into the documents to determine whether a criminal case could be brought.
Trump, who is currently the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, used his Truth Social account on Tuesday to post a letter from his attorneys requesting a meeting with Garland.
“Unlike President Biden, his son Hunter, and the Biden family, President Trump is being treated unfairly,” the letter said.
“No President of the United States has ever, in the history of our country, been baselessly investigated in such an outrageous and unlawful fashion,” it said. “We request a meeting at your earliest convenience to discuss the ongoing injustice that is being perpetrated by your Special Counsel and his prosecutors.”
Former attorney general spokesman Anthony Coley minimized the likelihood of a meeting.
In a late-Tuesday tweet, he stated that Justice Department regulations “are explicitly clear on the process here. Jack Smith is running this investigation, not Garland.”
Smith, according to Coley, “is not subject to the day-to-day oversight of any person” at the Justice Department, including Garland.
Some folks are comparing the meeting Hunter Biden attys had with DOJ with this meeting request. Key difference — Jack Smith is Special Counsel. Smith is not subject to the day to day oversight of *any* person at DOJ, including Garland, per DOJ regs
— Anthony Coley (@AnthonyColey) May 24, 2023
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ABC News, citing sources it did not name, reported the letter’s purpose was to push back against any charges of mishandling classified documents that might be filed.
The Washington Post speculated that based on grand jury activity linked to the investigation, Smith could be close to making a decision about whether to pursue charges against Trump. CONTINUE READING…