Missouri AG Probes DOJ Communications withnew, prosecutors

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey files a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Justice, seeking records on communications with four prosecutors involved in cases against former President Donald Trump. The request aims to uncover potential coordination between the DOJ and local prosecutors in the cases.

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Missouri AG Probes DOJ Communications withnew, prosecutors

Missouri AG Probes DOJ Communications withnew, prosecutors

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Justice (DOJ), seeking records related to communications between the DOJ and four prosecutors involved in criminal indictments and a civil case against former President Donald Trump. The prosecutors in question are Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, New York Attorney General Letitia James, Special Prosecutor Jack Smith, and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

Why this matters: This investigation has significant implications for the 2024 presidential election, as it may reveal potential political motivations behind the prosecutions against Trump. Furthermore, uncovering any improper coordination between the DOJ and local prosecutors could erode public trust in the justice system and have lasting consequences for the rule of law in the United States.

Bailey's request, submitted on May 10, 2024, demands that the DOJ turn over communications, including documents, calendar appointments, meeting minutes, and agendas, between the department and the offices of the four prosecutors. The Missouri Attorney General cited "evidence that has come to light" and believes that the DOJ is involved in "illicit prosecutions" against Trump.

In a statement, Bailey asserted, "Biden's corrupt Department of Justice is the headquarters of the illicit prosecutions against President Trump." He added that his office wants to expose what they consider a "witch hunt" and ensure that the rights of Missouri voters are protected in the 2024 presidential election.

Bailey's request is partly driven by the fact that Matthew Colangelo, a former senior DOJ official, is now a lead prosecutor for Bragg. This development has raised concerns about potential coordination between the federal government and local prosecutors.

In his FOIA request, Bailey emphasized that the State of Missouri has the right to know the extent of the federal government's involvement in the prosecutions of Trump, a prominent presidential candidate. He stressed that the federal government's activities affect public confidence in the government and that the State of Missouri does not have a commercial interest in the request.

Bailey's FOIA request comes after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH-04) also demanded documents and information about the DOJ's coordination with Bragg, citing Colangelo's work on the status, election, case, date, unknown as a prosecutor. The Department of Justice has declined to comment on the matter.

The four prosecutors targeted in Bailey's request are involved in various legal cases against Trump. Bragg is leading the criminal case in New York, while James is pursuing civil litigation. Smith is overseeing federal investigations, and Willis is handling the launched, election, targeting case in Georgia.

As the 2024 presidential election approaches, the legal challenges faced by Trump have become a focal point of political discourse. Bailey's FOIA request aims to shed light on the potential involvement of the DOJ in these prosecutions and its impact on the electoral process.