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Tom of Temecula

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Sun Dec 31, 2023, 09:58 AM Dec 2023

'A tour de force': Experts reveal Jack Smith's 'sly' additions to new Trump filing [View all]

Special Counsel Jack Smith's team didn't pull any punches in its new filing contesting Donald Trump's claims of absolute presidential immunity in the former president's D.C. election subversion case, numerous legal experts said on Saturday.

Smith's motion, which former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance said could force Trump to move more quickly when it comes to his Supreme Court immunity appeal, argued that the ex-president was "wrong" to say his acts were within the parameters of his presidential duties.

But legal professionals online noticed some easter eggs, and flagged some other key points buried deep within the more than 80-page filing. Several onlookers noticed, for instance, that the filing was targeted for Supreme Court review. Specifically, according to those who read the motion, it was meant to be read by the conservative justices on the bench.

Legal expert and former Justice Department prosecutor Andrew Weissmann commented on a post by a fellow legal analyst, pointing out that the filing was "classic Dreeben," referencing former Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben, a heavy hitter Smith brought on board to press the top court. By calling the filing "classic Dreeben," Weissmann says he means it is "a tour de force," and that it's "VERY geared to [Supreme Court] review."


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