Republicans Seek Answers On Trump Prosecutors’ Political Leanings
Republicans in Congress are seeking answers related to the political beliefs of the legal team prosecuting former President Donald Trump. Special counsel Jack Smith is married to a donor to President Joe Biden and another lead prosecutor, Karen E. Gilbert, donated to Biden, the Democratic National Committee and former President Barack Obama.
Smith served in a number of federal roles prior to being named special counsel by Merrick Garland to investigate allegations that Trump held classified documents.
Former Trump administration official Richard Grenell accused Smith of bringing charges against former Kosovo President Hashim Thaci because if he hadn’t, Smith’s role in investigating alleged war crimes in the former 1990s would have ended.
Furthermore, Smith’s wife Katy Chevigny donated $1,000 to Biden’s 2020 campaign and another $1,000 to a related super PAC. Chevigny donated $150 to the campaign of Rep. Rashida Tlabib (D-MN) and assisted in the creation of a documentary by former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is seeking more information about another lead prosecutor, Karen E. Gilbert. According to Federal Elections Commission (FEC) records, Gilbert donated $1,000 to Biden and another $250 to a related PAC.
She also donated $500 to the Democratic National Committee in 2013, and more than $2,000 to Obama’s candidacies.
Gaetz sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland to request more information about the team prosecuting the former president.
Separately, Gaetz has sought contempt charges against Mark F. Pomerantz for “failing to comply with the terms of a lawful and valid congressional subpoena.”
Pomerantz had worked with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D), who filed charges earlier this year against the former president related to an alleged brief relationship with former adult actress Stormy Daniels.
NEW: @RepMattGaetz is filing a contempt of Congress resolution TODAY against Mark Pomerantz, an attorney who worked on Alvin Bragg’s Trump probe. Pomerantz left the investigation & went on to write a memoir about his work on it
He testified before Congress last month pic.twitter.com/MQWT5OJ36Z
— Liz Elkind (@liz_elkind) June 6, 2023
While Pomeranz did appear before the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of Government “under compulsion,” Gaetz accused him of “frivolously” refusing “to answer numerous questions,” including by invoking the Fifth Amendment.
“Do you respect Alvin Bragg?” read one of the questions.
Gaetz said that Pomerantz falsely asserted his Fifth Amendment right and as such should be held in contempt.