Special Counsel Jack Smith has quietly added the well-known Washington D.C. lawyer Michael Dreeben to his team of prosecutors, as they work towards bringing President Trump to trial before the 2024 election.
Dreeben, who previously targeted Trump with the Russia collusion hoax, is renowned for having argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court.
“Smith, the special counsel prosecuting the former president, has brought in one of the most accomplished modern Supreme Court advocates: Michael Dreeben, who has argued more than 100 cases at the high court and is a preeminent authority on the court’s criminal law doctrines.” – Politico reported.
“Trump has added at least three lawyers, none of whom are part of the clubby cohort of Supreme Court advocates. They are D. John Sauer, Will Schar and Michael Talent, according to a person familiar with Trump’s plans. All three are based in Missouri, and according to a database of Supreme Court arguments , Sauer has argued a single case, while Schar and Talent have not argued before the court.” – Politico added.
On Monday, Jack Smith petitioned the US Supreme Court to examine President Trump’s postulated immunity from federal prosecution for alleged criminal acts that were committed while he held office.
Four charges had been filed against Mr. Trump in January of this year by Smith in the Washington D.C. district court: conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
The defendant’s legal team has cited the president’s tenure as grounds for such immunity; however, Smith decided to bypass the appellate court and take his case directly to the Supreme Court in order to test these claims.
“This case presents a fundamental question at the heart of our democracy: whether a former President is absolutely immune from federal prosecution for crimes committed while in office,” Smith wrote in last Monday’s filing.
Trump responded to Jack Smith’s addition of Michael Dreeben.
“It’s a sad day for America when a lowlife Prosecutor like Deranged Jack Smith, who was put into the position of Special Prosecutor by Lisa Monaco and the other Thugs that surround our incompetent President, Crooked Joe Biden, to sully my reputation for the purpose of Election Interference and ideally, put me in jail. In that regard, they are doing poorly, so they snuck a “wired” D.C. SWAMP Lawyer, Michael Dreeben, who I’ve beaten three times, into their midst, hoping that he can turn things around because of his Judicial “connections.” Dreeben, Monaco, Smith, Weissmann, and all the rest suffer massively from Trump Derangement Syndrome, TDS—In other words, and for reasons unknown, they hate me!” Trump said on Truth Social on Tuesday.