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Conservatives Furious With DeSantis After He Takes Jab At Trump Following Indictment

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has spoken about the pending indictment of former President Donald Trump by Special Counsel Jack Smith and some conservatives are furious.

During a press event in South Carolina, DeSantis suggested that Trump could have acted more “forcefully” in response to the riot. DeSantis, who is running for president against Trump and others, commented on Trump’s revelation that he received a letter from Special Counsel Jack Smith stating that he is the target of a January 6 grand jury investigation.

DeSantis suggested that Trump could have done more that day, but came out against a prosecution of Trump’s conduct.

“So look, there’s a difference between being brought up on criminal charges and doing things like, for example, I think it was shown how he was in the White House and didn’t do anything while, while things were going on. He should have come out more forcefully, of course, that. But to try to criminalize that, that’s a different issue entirely, and I think that we want to be in a situation where, you know, you don’t have one side just constantly trying to put the other side in jail. And that unfortunately is what we’re seeing now,” he said.

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Trump has dropped a bombshell about news he just received from the Special Counsel.

“Deranged Jack Smith, the prosecutor with Joe Biden’s DOJ, sent a letter (again, it was Sunday night!) stating that I am a TARGET of the January 6th Grand Jury investigation, and giving me a very short 4 days to report to the Grand Jury, which almost always means an Arrest and Indictment,” he said on truth Social.

CNN reported.

A target letter from federal prosecutors to Trump makes clear that prosecutors are focused on Trump’s actions in the investigation into overturning the 2020 election – and not just of those around him who tried to stop his election loss.

Justice Department regulations allow for prosecutors to notify subjects of an investigation that they have become a target. Often a notification that a person is a target is a strong sign an indictment could follow, but it is possible the recipient is not ultimately charged.

Those notifications aren’t required, but prosecutors have the discretion to notify subjects that they have become a target. Once informed, a target has the opportunity to present evidence or testify to the grand jury if they choose.

Smith has been investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election leading up to the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, including putting forward fake electors in states Trump lost and a pressure campaign against his then-Vice President Mike Pence to try to overturn the election when Congress certified Joe Biden’s Electoral College win on January 6.

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Special Counsel Jack Smith has responded to a filing from former President Donald Trump’s attorneys seeking to postpone the start of his classified documents trial until after the presidential election.

The Trump team of attorneys said that they believed their client could not get an impartial jury during the campaign, but Smith and the Department of Justice filed a blistering response deriding that assertion, Mediaite reported.

“The United States files this reply in support of its Motion for Continuance and Proposed Revised Scheduling Order (ECF No. 34, “Mot.”). In their response in opposition to the Motion (ECF No. 66, “Resp.”), Defendants Trump and Nauta claim unequivocally that they cannot receive a fair trial prior to the conclusion of the next presidential election, urge the Court to withdraw the current scheduling Order (ECF No. 28), and request that the Court not even consider a new trial date until some unspecified later time. Resp. at 9, 10. There is no basis in law or fact for proceeding in such an indeterminate and open-ended fashion, and the Defendants provide none. For the reasons discussed below and in the Government’s Motion, the Court should reset the trial date in this action for December 11, 2023,” the Department of Justice said.

“Defendants’ claim that this Court could not select an impartial jury until after the presidential election does not justify further delay here. Resp. at 9. First and most importantly, there is no reason to credit the claim. Our jury system relies on the Court’s authority to craft a thorough and effective jury selection process, and on prospective jurors’ ability and willingness to decide cases based on the evidence presented to them, guided by legal instructions from the Court. To be sure, the Government readily acknowledges that jury selection here may merit additional protocols (such as a questionnaire) and may be more time-consuming than in other cases, but those are reasons to start the process sooner rather than later,” it said.

Trump’s attorneys have asked for a delay in the trial over classified documents that would take it past the next presidential election.

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