Jack Smith, DOJ Blasted By SCOTUS Justices On Crucial Statute

By | May 8, 2024

Remained uncertain

Both liberal and conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court expressed doubts about special counsel Jack Smith's understanding of a constitutional clause that he has cited in justifying his decision to charge former President Donald Trump and numerous January 6th attendees with obstruction.

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During the hearing, the justices discussed Smith's interpretation of USC 1512, which addresses witness and evidence tampering. Despite the lengthy discussion, it remained uncertain if a consensus was forming, but there were indications that Smith may face challenges in defending his prosecution.

Obstruction charges

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Justice Clarence Thomas, a conservative member of the Court, characterized the events of January 6th, 2021, as a "violent protest" while noting that there have been "many" similar incidents that disrupted proceedings. Thomas raised questions about whether the Department of Justice had considered obstruction charges in those instances.