Special Counsel Smith’s Staff Met with Biden Admin Staff Prior to Trump Indictment

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According to the New York Post, only weeks before special counsel Jack Smith filed charges against former President Donald Trump for his alleged mishandling of classified documents, a top member of Smith’s staff, Jay Bratt, met with the White House counsel’s office, raising questions about coordinated efforts by the Biden administration to target Trump.  On March 31, 2023, Bratt met with deputy chief of staff for the White House counsel’s office Caroline Saba and D.C. field office FBI agent Danielle Ray.  Bratt has also held meetings with Katherine Reily, a member of the White House chief of staff’s office, in September 2021, and with Saba in November 2021 at the White House.  In June 2022, Bratt visited Mar-a-Lago and met face-to-face with Trump while evaluating storage facilities.  According to the Washington Post, Bratt subsequently led the charge for the surprise FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago in August 2022.