Special Counsel Jack Smith filed documents in court on Tuesday indicating that the DC grand jury’s hearing of evidence related to the Trump classified documents case has now concluded.
The process was overseen by Beryl Howell, an Obama-appointed judge based in DC, and then Smith proceeded to file charges at a court in Florida.
Judge Beryl Howell has consistently opposed President Trump in the courtroom. Her recent ruling forced Trump’s lawyer Eric Corcoran to testify in front of a grand jury for special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into classified documents stored at Mar-a-Lago.
This decision overturned Trump’s attorney-client privilege and made his own legal counsel a witness against him.
Judge Beryl Howell
Earlier this month, Judge Aileen Cannon issued a stern rebuke of Jack Smith for his involvement in operating a secretive grand jury that was not authorized within the district.
Her order highlighted concerns about accountability and oversight in the matter.
Jack Smith, a U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, caused a stir when he unveiled an unexpected grand jury indictment against President Trump in Miami.
After months of investigations into Trump’s classified documents case, Smith empaneled the grand jury to file 37 federal counts against the president in June.
Last month, President Trump and his aide Walt Nauta were charged with 31 counts of willful retention of national defense information and 6 other process crimes stemming from their conversations.
The superseding indictment, filed in the Southern District of Florida, additionally claims that Trump was part of a scheme to delete security footage from Mar-a-Lago.
Jack Smith has since hit Trump with 3 additional charges as part of the investigation into classified documents stored at the resort.
Judge Cannon questioned Jack Smith on the legality of utilizing a grand jury from outside the district to continue investigating President Trump and those associated with him.
The Department of Justice has established regulations prohibiting prosecutors from presenting cases beyond the region where an alleged crime occurred.
“Among other topics as raised in the Motion, the response shall address the legal propriety of using an out-of-district grand jury proceeding to continue to investigate and/or to seek post-indictment hearings matters pertinent to the instant indicted matter in this district,” Judge Cannon wrote referring to the DC grand jury.
Less than two weeks later, Jack Smith’s Grand Jury in the classified documents case in Washington D.C. came to an end.
Judge Cannon continually kept Smith accountable throughout this process.
Judge Aileen Cannon
In June, Judge Cannon rejected Jack Smith’s motion to keep the list of 84 potential witnesses in the classified documents case under seal.
The judge emphasized that Smith failed to provide an adequate explanation for why it was necessary to conceal the identities of these individuals.
Additionally, Smith had attempted to prevent President Trump and his alleged partner-in-crime, Walt Nauta, from communicating with these witnesses.
This was not the first time Smith encountered a roadblock in this case; last month he was also denied his request for expedited disclosure of confidential records by Judge Cannon.