Former New York prosecutor believes Trump will be indicted at the “politically opportune” moment of 2024

Former President Donald Trump is likely to be charged in connection with the Mar-a-Lago document case, which is now being led by Special Counsel Jack Smith, a former New York federal prosecutor told Fox News Monday.

If Trump is impeached, such an announcement is likely to come at a time best suited for Democrats to secure a political victory ahead of the 2024 presidential election, said former SDNY Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy .

However, McCarthy pointed out that Smith’s special counsel’s investigation is “politically strained; inevitable” and that the Biden Justice Department appears to have acknowledged that Trump played no direct role in the January 6, 2021 violence.

The Smith investigation is rhetorically “a lot of fuss” meant to suggest Attorney General Merrick Garland opposes direct oversight of an investigation into a former — and possibly future — president, McCarthy said, pointing to the fact that the special counsel’s own report Garland has to reimburse hierarchically anyway.

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FILE - President Donald Trump arrives on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington in this file photo dated Thursday, December 31, 2020.

FILE – President Donald Trump arrives on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington in this file photo dated Thursday, December 31, 2020.
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“However, it’s not really off his plate, is it … For reasons of constitutional law and special counsel’s regulations, the special counsel reports to Garland and Garland reports to Biden, and they can’t do anything about it,” he said.

“It’s a politically tense investigation; inevitable, and their fingerprints will be everywhere no matter what.”

While some Americans may be convinced that there is some “disconnection” between Joe Biden and Smith, the now-former Kosovo war crimes prosecutor’s credibility will ultimately depend on whether the evidence he presents is strong on the merits alone .

“If they bring up a RussiaGate-type case that looks like it’s just a big hoax, it’s going to look like abuse of power. When they bring a serious case that has strong evidence of crime, you know it’s going to be credible,” McCarthy said.

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Jack Smith has been appointed as the special counsel handling two major Trump investigations.

Jack Smith has been appointed as the special counsel handling two major Trump investigations.
(Justice Department)

While McCarthy suggested Trump will face fewer charges related to the violence of the riots, he appeared to agree with former Republican Attorney General William Barr that an indictment related to the raid on his Palm Beach, Fla., estate was very is likely.

“I assume Trump will be charged. I think it will come at a time that is favorable for Democrats in terms of 2024 politics,” he said. “But I think they probably think they already have the briefcase in their pocket.”

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was raided by the FBI earlier this year, with authorities claiming the former president wrongfully took sensitive and/or classified documents when he left the presidency.

For his part, Trump has denied any wrongdoing, citing cases involving former President Bill Clinton and others.

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In Clinton’s case, an Obama-appointed judge dismissed Judicial Watch’s arguments for access to the President’s tapes, which the Arkansas Democrat allegedly kept in his sock drawer.

At a political rally earlier this year, Trump raised the Clinton sock case, claiming that “millions” of George HW Bush’s presidential documents were for a time housed in a “former bowling alley associated with an old and broken Chinese restaurant.” .”

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Bush’s son, former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, dismissed the latter claim by offering Trump the Southern vernacular “Bless His Heart” – and explained that the National Archives has a history of short-term use of independent paraphernalia storage facilities of the President have; however, under more security and oversight than Trump had suggested.

“My father didn’t go to the bowling alley or to the Chinese restaurant and look at millions of newspapers and choose which ones he wanted,” Bush told Fox News last month.

Trump recently called Smith a “super-radical left-wing special counsel” – adding that he thinks the Mar-a-Lago “document scam” is “dying, dead or over,” according to statements caught by the UK Independent.

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