Prosecutor Molly Gaston, who has worked for many years in the US Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia, is now an integral part of special counsel Jack Smith’s team that is bringing charges against former president Donald Trump for allegedly trying to deny the 2020 election.
After pro-life activist Lauren Handy was convicted of obstructing entry to an abortion clinic in Washington, D.C., in 2020 for breaking the Freedom of Entry to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, Gaston was involved in the early phases of her prosecution.
Her attorney said that Handy’s decision to prohibit the Washington Surgi-Clinic was based on her exposure to an undercover film released by the pro-life organization Live Action in 2013. Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, a District Judge appointed by Bill Clinton, called the movie “propaganda” and wouldn’t allow it to be viewed in court.
According to Live Action President Lila Rose, the trial has been characterized as “a charade with a prejudiced pro-abortion judge who has made a mockery of our justice system” and “the Biden DoJ has behaved capriciously and illegitimately” in a statement published in August.
The former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s probe and Steve Bannon’s indictment on contempt of Congress charges after his defiance of a subpoena from the Jan. 6 select committee are just two of the high-profile cases that Gaston has worked on. She assisted with the contempt of Congress trial of Peter Navarro in 2022 when he was an adviser to Trump in the White House.
Victims of the January 6th incident, including ex-West Virginia senator Derrick Evans and ex-Capitol Police officer Michael Angelo Riley, have been prosecuted on many occasions by Gaston.
From 2006 to 2012, she gave more than $3,000 to Democratic causes, including $350 to Obama’s 2012 campaign, $500 to Rush Holt’s 2013 Senate campaign, and $1,500 to his 2010 House campaign.