Special Counsel Admits Inconsistencies In Mar-A-Lago Evidence Prompting House Judiciary Investigation

Special counsel Jack Smith has acknowledged in a court filing that the order of items within some boxes of evidence seized from former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence is not consistent with the associated scans.

This admission has led House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to launch an investigation into potential evidence manipulation in the classified records case against Trump.

In a letter to the Office of Professional Responsibility Jordan expressed concerns about the Justice Department’s impartiality and whether Smith’s team misled a federal court. He is demanding that the office produce all documents and records related to any allegations of ethical impropriety regarding Smith or other attorneys assigned to the special counsel’s office.

“The Government acknowledges that this is inconsistent with what Government counsel previously understood and represented to the Court” a footnote in Smith’s filing reads. Prosecutors had previously told the court that the documents were in their original intact form as seized.

The inconsistencies came to light after Trump’s co-defendants requested a delay as lawyers were having trouble determining the origin of some documents in the evidence boxes. The FBI seized 33 boxes of documents from Mar-a-Lago in August 2022 leading to charges against Trump including allegedly violating the Espionage Act, making false statements to investigators and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Trump has pleaded not guilty to the charges calling the case a “scam.”