Last week, US Attorney General Merrick Garland stunned the nation when he appointed a special counsel to oversee two Justice Department criminal investigations into former President Donald Trump, including the disastrous Mar-a-Lago and Capitol files. From January 6. Introduction.
"Based on recent events, including the former president's candidacy for the presidency in the upcoming elections, and the current president's intention to run for office, I came to the conclusion that the appointment of a lawyer is in the public interest." Garland said in a statement that he appointed Jack Smith as special counsel to oversee the investigation.
While Smith is generally recognized as an experienced and impartial prosecutor who has worked on a number of cases against Democrats and Republicans, the same may not be true of his wife, a filmmaker with partisan ties.
According to the New York Post, Smith's wife Kathy Shevini is a "producer" of the 2020 Netflix documentary Becoming. The subject of the documentary is former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Complicating matters especially in the court of public opinion, Chevin announced that year that he had donated $2,000 to President Joe Biden's presidential campaign.
News of Chevy's political donations to the Biden campaign and her work on the Michelle Obama film has sparked heated debate on social media about whether the Trump investigation poses a conflict of interest for her husband, given Trump's alleged ties to Biden. A political opponent in 2024
Rep. Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Georgia, criticized the Justice Department on Monday.
"You can't make these things up. Kathy Shevini, the wife of Jack Smith, the special counsel hired by the Department of Justice to prosecute President Trump, donated to Joe Biden's campaign and produced a documentary about Michelle Obama," Clyde tweeted. .
Similar views have been voiced by others, including Charlie Kirk, founder and president of Turning Point, USA.
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“Of course, the special counsel hired by Merrick Garland to investigate President Trump was one of the producers of the documentary on Michelle Obama, the wife of Jack Smith. But don't worry folks, the Justice Department wasn't fighting conservatives. All good!” Kirk tweeted on Monday.
Others argued that Sheviny had the right to pursue a career separate from her husband's investigation, citing Jenny Thomas, the wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for her involvement in conservative causes.
“He sued New York Assembly Speaker (Democrat) Sheldon Silver. He also sued John Edwards, the Democratic Party's vice-presidential candidate. But, of course, let's talk about the unproven bias based on the spouse's profession. Immediately after the investigation of Jenny Thomas and her husband. Clarence," one Twitter user wrote in response to Kirk's post.
According to the Washington Post, Smith will begin his research from a distance from the Netherlands after recovering from a bicycle accident some time ago.
CNN reported Monday that Smith's investigation had officially begun after he apparently promised to take the stand remotely. WOMAN. Garland and Smith argued that adding a special counsel to the investigations would not slow them down.
So far, there is no indication that Smith will divorce his wife because of her political leanings.
This article was originally published in The Western Journal.
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