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Fresh Supreme Court Filing Aims to Remove Jack Smith’s Power

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The appointment of Jack Smith to oversee the cases involving former President Donald Trump has become the subject of controversy.

Filed a brief

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The appointment of special counsel Jack Smith to oversee the cases involving former President Donald Trump has become the subject of intense controversy, with legal experts and officials debating the constitutionality of this appointment.

Violates constitutional requirements

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Former President Donald Trump’s legal team has raised multiple legal arguments challenging the appointment of Jack Smith as special counsel to handle the federal indictments against Trump. The legal team has contended that Smith’s appointment is unauthorized and that it violates basic constitutional requirements.

Lack of authority

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Moreover, Trump’s attorneys have claimed that Smith’s appointment as a special counsel lacks statutory and constitutional authority, as it does not adhere to the process outlined in the Constitution for the appointment of such a position.

Smith’s petition

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Attorneys for former Attorney General Ed Meese and constitutional law scholars filed a brief arguing that the Supreme Court must reject special counsel Jack Smith’s petition against Donald Trump, as Smith’s appointment is unconstitutional.

Create positions

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The legal filing contends that Congress alone has the authority to create positions like Smith’s, and did not do so here. The amicus brief states, “Even if one somehow thinks that existing statutes authorize the appointment of stand-alone special counsels with the full power of a U.S. Attorney, Smith was not properly appointed to such an ‘office.’”

Improperly appointed

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“Improperly appointed, he has no more authority to represent the United States in this Court than Bryce Harper, Taylor Swift, or Jeff Bezos,” they wrote.

Does not qualify

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While past legislation authorized independent counsels, Smith does not qualify as he was not nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, as the Appointments Clause requires for a principal officer like a US Attorney. The lawyers argue Smith therefore has no authority to represent the US or bring prosecutions.

Dismissal of all charges

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If accepted, this would require dismissal of all charges against Trump. Trump claims a court filing shows Smith takes direction from Biden, though the filing says Smith retains independent decision-making despite ultimate supervision by the attorney general.

Ongoing investigations

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The legality of Smith’s appointment as special counsel is central to several ongoing investigations of Trump. “While Crooked Joe Biden and his Cronies have claimed from the outset they have nothing to do with Jack Smith’s Election Interference case against me, Smith himself admitted in a Court Filing yesterday that he ‘remains subject to Attorney General direction and supervision,’ and that includes Biden,” Trump wrote.

Biden Administration

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“That’s right, Jack Smith just admitted what the American People already know, namely, that his case is being directed and supervised by the Biden Administration. So, although he denies it, [Attorney General Merrick] Garland is carrying out the orders from his boss to prosecute me, and to interfere in the 2024 election,” Trump added.

Direction and supervision

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“While he remains subject to attorney general direction and supervision, he also retains ‘a substantial degree of independent decisionmaking’ […] a is not part of the regular department chain of command or ‘subject to the day-to-day supervision of any official of the department,” the filing reads.

Trump’s claims

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In response to Trump’s claims, legal experts like constitutional law professor Peter Shane have argued that there is statutory authority for the appointment of a special counsel, citing 28 USC 515, a federal law that permits an attorney general to appoint a special counsel for either criminal or civil cases. Furthermore, Shane emphasized that the law explicitly outlines the authority for the attorney general or any other officer of the Department of Justice to conduct legal proceedings, including grand jury proceedings, and to appoint a special counsel.

Smith’s appointment

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The controversy surrounding the constitutionality of Jack Smith’s appointment to the Trump case has significant implications for the ongoing legal proceedings. The resolution of this dispute may impact the legitimacy of the indictments against former President Trump and the overall authority of the special counsel in handling these cases.

Legal framework

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This controversy raises important questions about the legal framework governing the appointment of special counsels and the extent of their authority in high-profile investigations.

Trump underscores

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The debate over the constitutionality of Jack Smith’s appointment as special counsel in the cases involving former President Donald Trump underscores the complexities and legal nuances surrounding this matter. As legal arguments continue to unfold, the resolution of this controversy will likely have far-reaching implications for the ongoing legal proceedings and the broader understanding of the appointment and authority of special counsels in federal cases.

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