Jack Smith May Be Prevented From Using Key Trump Evidence

According to a veteran prosecutor, Special Counsel Jack Smith may have difficulties using the evidence from the grand jury inquiry files, which were recently moved to the top secret papers case involving Donald Trump in Florida.

In 2023, a grand jury in the nation’s capital deliberated whether to press charges for the purported hoarding of classified documents. Among the witnesses examined was Trump’s lawyer, Evan Corcoran.

On Monday, the grand jury papers were handed to the court of Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed to the bench by then-President Trump. However, Trump and his co-accused were eventually charged in Florida.

Bill Shipley, a veteran prosecutor, claims that Trump may get control of the grand jury testimony when Cannon is given custody of it. The reason for this is that Cannon is under no legal obligation to adhere to the decisions issued by the court in Washington, D.C. He said on Wednesday on X that the grand jury investigation’s conclusions do not bind Cannon since the matter will not be tried in the District of Columbia.

The conservative legal commentator Shipley states that if Cannon feels that Corcoran’s grand jury testimony breached attorney-client privilege, she has the right to omit it.

On March 24, 2023, in Washington D.C., Corcoran was forced to testify before a grand jury looking into secret papers. Giving evidence was something he had done before.

Based on a letter he wrote and delivered to the DOJ in June 2022, Corcoran was asked to testify. According to the letter, a comprehensive search for secret papers was supposedly undertaken.

Along with the letter, he sent more than 30 papers found on Trump’s property with secret markings.

Shipley claims that Cannon may exclude Corcoran’s testimony and any evidence she thinks was acquired inappropriately from the prosecution’s use.

According to a Monday announcement by Department of Justice Special Counsel Smith, the court in Washington, D.C, delivered the grand jury files to Cannon.

Forty federal charges have been filed against Trump in connection with the handling of classified documents discovered at his Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago resort.