What’s Up With The Local Angle To Jack Smith’s Jan. 6 Probe?
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A lot of things happened. Here are some of the things. This is TPM’s Morning Memo.
All Insurrection-ing Is Local
A few developments over the last few days in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s Jan. 6 investigation that I want to draw your attention to. A word of caution though: These developments are recently surfaced in the coverage, which isn’t the same thing as new.
We’re invariably limited in what we can see of Smith’s investigation, and there’s a tendency to frame up what we do see as if it mirrors the reality of what is going on. It may, but it also may not. Another tendency is to imbue newly surfaced developments with a sense of movement, like Jack Smith has turned his attention to the local angle. Again, maybe. But our view is very constrained, so our conclusion should be tentative and contingent.
With that out of the way, a few of the new data points:
Milwaukee’s top election official confirms that she spoke with Smith’s team last month virtually.
New Mexico’s secretary of state was interviewed by Smith’s team in “recent months”
Pennsylvania’s secretary of state met with Smith’s team in March.
Michigan’s secretary of state was interviewed for several hours by Smith’s team in March.
As you can see, the timing above doesn’t suggest this is a sudden turn in in the investigation or a newly discovered angle. Also recall that subpoenas were sent out last year to many of these same election officials as part of the Jan. 6 probe.
There’s three broad categories of potential significance for these efforts by Smith:
Charging threats and intimidation against election officials;
Using the threats and intimidation to illustrate the larger conspiracy and its effects;
Less sexy: tying up loose ends and closing off avenues of investigation.
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