Former President Trump is expected to be hit with criminal charges in Washington, where legal scholars say the city’s overwhelmingly liberal jury pool will make it almost impossible for him to receive a truly fair trial.
Special counsel Jack Smith informed Mr. Trump this week that he was a target of a Washington-based investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol and his efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election. A so-called target letter is usually the last step before a grand jury pulls the trigger on an indictment.
Mike Davis, president of the Article III Project, said Mr. Trump’s problems in a Washington court go beyond potential jurors.
“It’s the worst combination for Trump — a highly-political prosecutor, largely partisan Democrat judges and a jury pool that is 90% Democrat. It’s a trifecta that guarantees Trump will be found guilty,” he said.
The odds are so stacked against Mr. Trump in Washington that Mr. Davis questioned if that’s why prosecutors are pursuing the case there. Mr. Smith has already indicted Mr. Trump in Florida, a state Mr. Trump carried in 2020, in a separate case alleging the former president illegally mishandled classified documents.
“This is Jack Smith’s insurance policy to ensure a conviction,” he said. “He’s bringing a case in D.C. because Trump got a fair judge and will get a fair jury in Florida.”
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