(USNewsMag.com) – The New Year is off to a rough start for politicians, prosecutors, and judges as a wave of swatting attempts against members of both parties continues, and one of the latest targets was Special Counsel Jack Smith.
Montgomery, Marland, law enforcement received a report from an unknown caller on Christmas Day claiming that Smith killed his wife with a firearm. The police immediately dispatched officers to the scene. When they arrived, they found US Marshals already stationed at the home to protect it and were able to sort out the confusion.
The practice of “swatting” entails calling in a false report to law enforcement at another’s address. Usually, the caller claims a violent crime is taking place or took place, and the intention is to trick police into raiding the home or even possibly killing the target accidentally. Multiple deaths have resulted from swatting, especially in recent years.
Police have made no arrests related to the Smith swatting.
The special counsel is currently in charge of two cases against former President Donald Trump, one of which accuses the former president of hoarding classified documents at his Florida residence and the other accuses him of trying to overturn the 2020 election results.
On Tuesday, Jan. 9, Trump appeared in court to argue that he should be immune from the election inference charges as a former president, an appeal that is still ongoing. US District Judge Tanya Chutkan, also a recent victim of swatting, originally dismissed the argument in a ruling in December, which Trump’s legal team appealed.
The swatting attempts against Smith and Chutkan are just two of the latest in a wave over the last few weeks, and it’s not only Democrats being targeted. Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida and Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene were both recently targeted, as were Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, New York Rep. Brandon Williams, and Missouri State Secretary Jay Ashcroft.
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