Special counsel Jack Smith who is prosecuting Trump in two of the Federal cases against him has added veteran Hague prosecutor James Whiting to his team. Whiting was instrumental to Smith in prosecuting war crimes and organized crime cases for Smith when he was lead investigator for the Hague and in his prosecution of the Kosovo War Crimes.
Whiting also spent seven years prosecuting organized crime in Boston for the Justice Department from 1995 to 2002.
Whiting is now reportedly part of the team overseeing two criminal cases against Trump that some experts believe could result in the former president spending years in prison. Although Whiting’s addition to the team was not formally announced, he introduced himself as such to prosecutors at a Jan. 6th trial, Politico reported. Whiting also served as a professor at Harvard and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston.
Whiting’s addition to the team shows Smith is gearing up for a new phase of his efforts — preparing for trials that could send former president Trump to prison, which would be a first in U.S. history.
Smith has added several veteran prosecutors he worked with in the past to the team prosecuting the indictments against Trump including David Harbach and Raymond Hulser who had worked closely with him during his time at the Justice Department under President Obama.
Trump’s supporters in Congress, led by Matt Gaetz (R-FL) have been trying desperately to end Jack Smith’s investigations, perhaps fearing what Trump’s end game could mean for them.
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