On Thursday, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) introduced that he’ll start investigating the alleged intimidation techniques utilized by the workplace of Special Counsel Jack Smith, who’s overseeing two completely different prosecutions of former President Donald Trump.
As reported by Just The News, the choice was sparked after Jordan realized of an incident by which Smith’s workplace allegedly tried to entice an lawyer representing one of many defendants within the labeled paperwork case in opposition to Trump, in an effort to drive him to persuade his shopper to cooperate with the prosecution.
“Last year, Jay Bratt – one of your senior prosecutors and top aides – allegedly improperly pressured Stanley Woodward, a lawyer representing a defendant indicted by you, by implying that the Administration would look more favorably on Mr. Woodward’s candidacy for a judgeship if Mr. Woodward’s client cooperated with the Office of the Special Counsel,” stated Jordan, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, in a press release.
“This attempt to inappropriately coerce Mr. Woodward raises serious concerns about the abusive tactics of the Office of the Special Counsel and the Department’s commitment to its mission to uphold the rule of law and ensure impartial justice.”
Woodward is the lawyer for Walt Nauta, a Navy veteran who served as President Trump’s butler within the White House and has continued to serve him since he left workplace. Nauta has pleaded not responsible and has refused to cooperate with prosecutors.
“When Mr. Woodward arrived” for a gathering with Bratt, Jordan continued, “Mr. Bratt threatened him that Mr. Nauta should cooperate ‘because he had given potentially conflicting testimony that could result in a false statement.’ Mr. Bratt commented that he did not take Mr. Woodward as a ‘Trump guy’ and indicated that he was confident that Mr. Woodward ‘would do the right thing.’”
“Mr. Bratt referenced Mr. Woodward’s pending application for a judgeship on the D.C. superior court, implying that the Biden Administration would perceive Mr. Woodward’s application more favorably if Mr. Nauta was a cooperating witness for the Special Counsel against President Trump,” Jordan revealed.
Following this assembly, Bratt filed a movement claiming a battle of curiosity as a result of Woodward concurrently representing Nauta and different witnesses with pursuits which may probably compete with one another. Woodward additionally represented Yuscil Taveras, the IT employee at Mar-a-Lago who has additionally been charged within the labeled paperwork case, and has agreed to work with the prosecution.
Jordan identified that Bratt had filed his movement solely after Woodward had determined to chop off any additional contact with the Department of Justice (DOJ), except his shopper is both charged or given an immunity deal. Jordan has requested Smith and his workplace at hand over any and all paperwork associated to his workplace’s communications with Woodward, in addition to any inside communication about him, and something related to Woodward’s judgeship utility.