Karen E. Gilbert, one of the lead prosecutors in Special Counsel Jack E. Smith’s attempt to railroad former President Donald Trump for allegedly mishandling White House documents, has been flagged as a past donor to prominent Democratic politicians Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and the Democratic National Committee according to Federal Elections Commission (FEC) records.
This alarming information has sparked outrage from conservative Republicans such as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who sent a letter demanding answers from Attorney General Merrick Garland and a full roster of staff working for the special counsel.
🚨 Federal Election Commission records show that Deputy Special Counsel Karen Gilbert has donated over $2,000 to the former campaigns of President Biden and former President Barack Obama.https://t.co/KdDLdYhdEm
— MAGA War Room (@MAGAIncWarRoom) June 13, 2023
FEC records suggest that Karen E. Gilbert donated $1,000 to Biden and $250 to the Biden Action Fund during the 2019-20 cycle, $500 to the Democratic National Committee in 2013, $800 to Obama during the 2011-12 election cycle, and $1250 to Obama in 2007-08 when she was listed as a Department of Justice employee based in Florida.
The hiring practices employed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller – who investigated then-President Trump for “Russia collusion” – have also come under fire from conservatives due his selection of several Hillary Clinton donors including an attorney formerly employed at her family charity which was accused of corruption by her critics.
Gilbert is controversial for other reasons after being reprimanded by a federal judge for secretly recording defense lawyers and their investigator according to Breitbart News’ Kristina Wong reporting on this matter.
The latest development involves former President Trump appearing in federal court Tuesday in Miami where he surrendered himself for arraignment – an unprecedented act among any president or former president of the United States.
Fox News reported:
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R- Fla., sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding information on the office of special counsel Jack Smith, revealing that one of the prosecutors on his team investigating Trump for his alleged mishandling of classified documents previously contributed to President Biden’s 2020 campaign and faced misconduct allegations in 2009.
Gaetz is demanding that the names of all the people working on the case in Smith’s office be made public.
The congressman claimed in his letter that Smith’s past work “is both highly irregular and of extraordinary public concern,” specifically “how his office is structured,” and is giving Garland until July 7 to cough up “all staff rosters, phone lists, or similar records, within the custody or control of the Department of Justice, depicting all employees hired by or detailed to the office of Special Counsel Jack Smith.”
Smith’s team appeared in federal court Tuesday in Miami, as did former President Trump, who surrendered to authorities for his arraignment — the first of any president or former president of the United States.