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Wheels of Justice Turn A Little Bit More for Trump

As long as we are on the subject of Donald Trump, let us note that there have been a couple of developments when it comes to his various legal entanglements.

First, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney announced yesterday that he is ordering the release of a portion of the Georgia grand jury report on alleged 2020 election crimes. Most of the report will remain under wraps, but on Thursday the intro, conclusion, and a section about potential false statements made to the grand jury will be made public. We haven't got the faintest idea what is contained within these documents, of course, but we have a sneaking suspicion we'll have an item about it on Friday.

Meanwhile, last Friday, we noted the subpoena that special counsel Jack Smith sent to Mike Pence, inviting the former VP to sit down for a nice chat, perhaps over tea and crumpets. However, there was also a second subpoena that was not publicly known until the weekend. This subpoena forced Team Trump to surrender an empty folder, spotted at Mar-a-Lago, labeled "Classified Evening Briefing."

An empty folder might seem like a relative triviality, but there's more substance here than it may seem. The incident makes clear at least three things:

  1. The Special Counsel is leaving no stone unturned
  2. Trump is still withholding materials he should have surrendered
  3. The Special Counsel is growing weary of Trump's nonsense, and is resorting to court orders rather than negotiations with Trump, et al.

Trump has faced off against a very large number of lawyers in his day, but, to his very likely detriment, he hasn't faced someone like Jack Smith.

Clearly, the denouement, both in Georgia and in Washington, is not at hand yet. But it's getting closer. And it will be very interesting to see what the Thursday release adds to the story. (Z)

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