Former President Donald Trump is attacking special counsel Jack Smith in a series of posts on Truth Social following his indictment, despite repeated warnings from his legal team that everything he says publicly could be used against him.
Trump has claimed Smith is "deranged," a "Trump hater" and labeled him "a thug" after the special counsel made a brief statement about the former president's indictment Friday.
While, unsurprising, given his attacks on the last special counsel who investigated him, Trump's latest diatribe comes as he is still finalizing what his legal team will look like when he arrives in Miami on Tuesday. Todd Blanche has taken the lead on the team but is trying to add another Florida-based attorney before Trump is due in court after two attorneys also handling the case departed abruptly.
Whether the client's repeated attacks on Smith hurt those efforts remains to be seen. But Trump's legal team has cautioned him in recent days not to attack Smith — advice he has clearly ignored.