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Top aide to Jack Smith, WH Counsel’s Office and FBI all get in a room. What Do They Talk About?

On March 31, a meeting took place between Jay Bratt, the top aide to Special Counsel Jack Smith, Caroline Seba, the deputy chief of staff for the White House counsel's office, and Danielle Ray, an FBI agent from the Washington, D.C. field office. The purpose of the meeting, as documented in the White House visitor logs, remains undisclosed.

Two months following this meeting, former President Donald Trump was charged by Smith for allegedly mishandling classified documents, which subsequently led to Trump's indictment on June 8. Although the visitor logs do not shed light on the meeting's contents, Rudy Giuliani, former Trump attorney, expressed concerns about what appears to be a coordinated prosecution of the former president.

George Washington University law professor, Jonathan Turley, expressed his concerns regarding the meeting between Bratt, the White House, and the FBI. This meeting has raised questions about visits to the White House following Bratt's involvement with the special counsel.

Turley emphasized the importance of confirming whether this meeting was connected to the ongoing investigation or if it pertained to another matter. He stated that the Justice Department should have the ability to provide this confirmation.

Giuliani suggested that the meeting between Smith's aide, the White House counsel's office, and the FBI indicates ethical rules have been violated, implying that a Biden-led state prosecutor and state police have been established.

Trump, however, has pleaded not guilty to the 40 counts relating to the handling of classified documents, which were seized during an FBI raid at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. It is noteworthy that Bratt had visited the estate in June 2022 and interacted with Trump prior to the raid.

The Washington Post reported that Bratt, during the meeting, expressed concerns about the trustworthiness of the former president and his lawyers, subsequently pushing for a warrant for the unannounced raid on Trump's property.

In addition to the classified documents case, Smith also indicted Trump on further felony charges related to allegedly seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Smith referred to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot as an "unprecedented assault on the seat of American democracy." Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Smith as a special counsel for both the classified documents case and the 2020 election case.

According to the spokesperson for the special counsel, Bratt's visit to the White House was for a case-related interview. The FBI, however, declined to comment on the meeting, leaving some unanswered questions.

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