Wife of Trump special counsel donated to Biden and produced Obama film | Washington Examiner

  
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Wife of Trump special counsel donated to Biden and produced Obama film | Washington Examiner
Fresh revelations that the wife of recently appointed Trump special counsel Jack Smith was a producer on a Michelle Obama documentary have fueled conservative misgivings about his impartiality.

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Fresh revelations that the wife of recently appointed Trump special counsel Jack Smith was a producer on a Michelle Obama documentary have fueled conservative misgivings about his impartiality.

Katy Chevigny is listed as a producer for Becoming on IMDB and donated $1,000 to then-candidate Joe Biden's campaign in 2020, according to OpenSecrets. Rankled by the appointment of Smith to oversee criminal inquiries involving former President Donald Trump, a slew of conservatives have seized upon the revelations about his wife as ammunition to diminish his credibility.

"You would think that if the stated purpose to avoid any type of concern about bias were sincere, then they would at least check to see whether or not when you shake the family tree of the special counsel, any virulent Trump haters, Never Trumpers, Biden supporters fall out," firebrand Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) chided during an interview with Steve Bannon on Tuesday.

Gaetz further insisted that Congress "use the power of the purse to defund this explicitly political exercise against President Trump."

Prominent public figures have occasionally drawn backlash over their political spouse's political beliefs. For example, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's wife, Virginia "Ginni" Thomas's machinations about challenging the 2020 election have been raised by detractors when the senior justice weighs cases related to the riot.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Clarence Thomas should recuse himself from Jan. 6 cases given his wife's activities. Defenders of Smith quickly pointed to Ginni Thomas when conservatives began recoiling over Chevigny's history.

"So, Matt Gaetz thinks that if someone's spouse has a history of political involvement, that person can't do their job objectively. Someone should introduce him to [Ginni] Thomas," former Pennsylvania State Sen. Daylin Leach tweeted.

In addition to her work on Becoming , a documentary based on Obama's 2018 memoir of the same name released in 2020, Chevigny has also help produced other left-leaning films suchas Dark Money , which explored the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court case.

"You just can't make this stuff up. Katy Chevigny, wife of Jack Smith—the special counsel appointed by DOJ to go after President Trump, donated to Joe Biden's campaign and produced Michelle Obama's documentary. America cannot stand with a corrupt, two-tiered justice system," Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) tweeted.


You just can't make this stuff up.
Katy Chevigny, wife of Jack Smith—the special counsel appointed by DOJ to go after President Trump, donated to Joe Biden's campaign and produced Michelle Obama's documentary.
America cannot stand with a corrupt, two-tiered justice system.

— Rep. Andrew Clyde (@Rep_Clyde) November 21, 2022

"Of course the wife of Jack Smith, the special counsel appointed by Merrick Garland to investigate President Trump, was one of the producers of the Michelle Obama documentary. But don't worry guys, the DOJ has not been weaponized against conservatives. Everything is fine," conservative Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk tweeted, drawing emoji eyes from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).


https://t.co/Brvt8HUtoJ
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 22, 2022

An onslaught of former associates of Smith, as well as legal experts, have touted Smith's integrity and work ethic following his appointment. For example, Andrew Weissmann — "Mueller's pit bull" — hailed Smith as a "no-nonsense and let's-cut-to-the-chase kind of guy."

"Jack Smith is the consummate professional and career DOJ prosecutor. Not a political bone in his body. And a skilled and fast prosecutor who does not let the grass grow under his feet. In short, a terrific choice if you are appointing a Special Counsel," Weissmann said of Smith.

Grumblings about Chevigny from Republicans come as Smith has faced scrutiny over his role in the IRS targeting controversy during the Obama administration.

While serving as chief of the Justice Department Criminal Division's Public Integrity Section, Smith emailed IRS official Lois Lerner about how the tax agency could help "in the criminal enforcement of campaign-finance laws against politically active nonprofits," testimony obtained by the House Judiciary Committee revealed.

Republicans accused the IRS of targeting conservative nonprofit groups during that scandal. Smith conferred with Lerner about intensifying scrutiny of nonprofit violations, per a House Judiciary Committee report on the matter.

"Jack Smith has been a Swamp Creature forever," the House Judiciary GOP tweeted while referencing that testimony.


Jack Smith has been a Swamp Creature forever.
Read about him in this 2014 report on the IRS's targeting of conservatives: https://t.co/u4AaAw6pzyhttps://t.co/BLU1nJiTIGpic.twitter.com/jrI5ibncYJ

— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) November 18, 2022

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Smith to spearhead the Justice Department's criminal investigations into Trump pertaining to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and the Mar-a-Lago document investigation. Garland cited "recent developments," including Trump's 2024 campaign debut, as the impetus for the appointment.

In his capacity as special counsel, Smith is expected to weigh whether or not Trump will be criminally charged over those two Justice Department investigations. Unlike the Mueller inquiry into Russian collusion, Trump is no longer a sitting president as Smith's work unfolds and is therefore not given the same protections against federal indictments as a president enjoys.

Some Republicans, such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), mused about defunding the special counsel shortly after the role was announced last week, even before revelations about his wife and correspondence with Lerner surfaced.

Smith married Chevigny in 2011, according to the "Class Notes" section of the winter 2012 Harvard Law Bulletin .

The Washington Examiner reached out to Smith and Chevigny for comment. The Justice Department declined to comment.


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Jeremy Retired in NC
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1  seeder  Jeremy Retired in NC    2 weeks ago
"Jack Smith is the consummate professional and career DOJ prosecutor. Not a political bone in his body. And a skilled and fast prosecutor who does not let the grass grow under his feet. In short, a terrific choice if you are appointing a Special Counsel," Weissmann said of Smith.

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Thrawn 31
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1.1  Thrawn 31  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1    2 weeks ago

And you laugh because your own pedigree exceeds his? 

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.1  seeder  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Thrawn 31 @1.1    2 weeks ago

I laugh because the idea that there is "not a political bone in his body" is fucking hilarious.  He's a partisan hack.

 
 
 
George
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2  George    2 weeks ago

If we claim that Clarence Thomas can rule separate from his wife’s politics. We have to give Smith the benefit of doubt. 

 
 
 
Snuffy
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2.1  Snuffy  replied to  George @2    2 weeks ago

Agreed.  If conservatives are out to defend Clarence Thomas from his wife then they really don't have a leg to stand on here.

But I would also like to see the liberals on this board speak out against this potential issue, but we know they won't.

 
 
 
George
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2.1.1  George  replied to  Snuffy @2.1    2 weeks ago

Agree, 

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
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2.1.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  Snuffy @2.1    2 weeks ago

Agreed. If there is a conflict of interest then he must stand aside.

Shithead Thomas, I am still waiting.

 
 
 
JBB
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3  JBB    2 weeks ago

No surprises here. The MAGA are back on message.

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George
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3.1  George  replied to  JBB @3    2 weeks ago

Who said that?

 
 
 
Snuffy
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3.2  Snuffy  replied to  JBB @3    2 weeks ago

How typical that you miss the point of the seed and instead deflect to your favorite whipping boy.  You have posted several comments in the past against Ginny Thomas and how she manages her husband but you ignore any reference to Katy Chevigny.  Do you have a pointless meme for that miss?

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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3.3  seeder  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JBB @3    2 weeks ago

Tell us you didn't read the article without telling us you didn't read the article.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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4  seeder  Jeremy Retired in NC    2 weeks ago

So lets hear from all those who are railing against Justice Thomas and his wife.  Are you all going to maintain the normal standard and ignore this or are you all going to be just as vocal?  

 
 
 
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4.1  Sunshine  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @4    2 weeks ago

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Thrawn 31
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4.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @4    2 weeks ago

If there is a conflict of interest then he must stand aside.

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