On Monday, June 17, 2024, Newsweek reported that former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance commented on the upcoming hearing in the case involving classified documents recovered from former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

According to Vance, Judge Aileen Cannon, who is overseeing the case against Trump, plans to take the unusual step of hearing arguments on June 21 from individuals not directly involved in the federal proceedings. The outside parties aim to make the case that Special Counsel Jack Smith should be removed from his role in leading the investigation and prosecution.

Vance described Cannon’s decision to hear two days of arguments, including from amici or friends of the court who have submitted briefs on both sides of the issue, as a rare move. As a former federal prosecutor herself, Vance said she would typically not pay much attention to such a hearing if presided over by a different judge.

In her analysis, Vance pointed out that past attempts to oust special counsels over claims about their validity have been unsuccessful. She cited how Hunter Biden and the investigation into former president Donald Trump led by Robert Mueller both saw such arguments rejected.

One of those who will argue Smith’s appointment by Attorney General Merrick Garland in November 2022 was unlawful is Edwin Meese, who served as attorney general under Ronald Reagan. Vance found it ironic that Meese would make this case, as he had appointed Lawrence Walsh as special counsel in 1986 to investigate the Iran-Contra affair during the Reagan administration in the face of similar challenges. Appellate courts upheld this appointment as constitutional at the time.



Source: Newsweek