Republican Missouri Rep. Eric Burlison and a group of House Republicans sent a letter Wednesday to Attorney General Merrick Garland, calling on him to provide documents related to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s conflicts of interest review.
The Daily Caller first obtained a copy of the letter, in which the GOP lawmakers state that Department of Justice (DOJ) regulations require the attorney general to conduct a review of conflict of interest issues. Smith appears poised to indict Trump for his activities surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and the 2020 election.
“Mr. Smith has a history of questionable political prosecutions, including the prosecution of former Republican governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell, which was unanimously overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. “Furthermore, Smith’s wife, Katy Chevigny, produced a documentary about former First Lady Michelle Obama and donated to President Biden’s 2020 campaign, raising concerns about potential conflicts of interest for Mr. Smith.” (RELATED: ‘Obstructions’: Federal Judge Rebukes Jack Smith’s Prosecutor Team For Delaying Separate Jan. 6 Verdict)
“We hope that you, in compliance with DOJ regulations, conducted the required review of potential conflicts of interest prior to Mr. Smith’s appointment. In order for the American people to have confidence in Mr. Smith’s investigation, it is vital that you release the information associated with the investigation of Mr. Smith’s potential conflicts of interest,” they added.
READ THE LETTER HERE:
Reps. Josh Brecheen of Oklahoma; Andrew Clyde of Georgia; Alex Mooney of West Virginia; Andy Ogles of Tennessee; Matt Rosendale of Montana; and Matt Gaetz, Anna Paulina Luna and Bill Posey of Florida co-signed the letter.
“The American people should be able to see the unredacted conflicts of interest review for Special Counsel Jack Smith … Given Smith’s publicly known history, one would assume these issues would have ruled him out as an ‘impartial’ Special Counsel,” Burlison told the Caller before sending the letter. (RELATED: Special Counsel Jack Smith’s Office Contacts Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp In Trump 2020 Election Probe)
Trump announced earlier in July that Smith had sent him a target letter, suggesting that a third indictment is potentially looming.