Why Jack Smith's Speech Moved Me to Tears
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The bare-bones conference room, with its ugly folding table and florescent lighting overhead. The standard-issue podium at which Jack Smith, Special Counsel at the Department of Justice, stood with his understated attire and not-made for television haircut. There was no glamour and no media buzz as Smith announced the unsealing of a historic indictment against former president Donald J. Trump for "violations of our national security laws as well as participating in conspiracy to obstruct justice."
All of it moved me to tears.