A former war crimes prosecutor has been appointed as a special counsel to oversee the investigation into former President Donald Trump.
Career prosecutor Jack Smith investigates allegations of mishandling classified documents at Trump’s Florida home, and his role. January 6 Attack on the Houses of Parliament.
The appointment was announced by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland. Trump’s announces re-running for president.
Garland, who has been investigated by the Justice Department for months, was appointed as Justice Department Director by President Joe Biden.
The appointment of a special counsel is aimed at addressing allegations of political bias in investigations, which Mr. Trump has regularly vocalized.
At a press conference, the prosecutor general said, “In light of recent developments such as the former president’s announcement that he will run for the presidency, it is in the public interest to appoint a special prosecutor to independently investigate and prosecute.” He has announced his intention to run for the next election, and the incumbent president as well. ”
Mr. Smith, who later served as a war crimes prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, will work in two main areas of investigation.
One is whether someone, including Trump, illegally interfered with the transfer of presidential power after the 2020 election, or the authentication of the Electoral College vote in favor of President Biden on January 6, 2021. to find out.
Another focuses on Trump’s removal of hundreds of documents from the White House, which have been moved to his home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.
Smith plans to find out whether the former president broke the law in handling classified documents and whether he obstructed justice by blocking access to classified documents. He eventually reports his findings to Mr. Garland.
Garland said Smith, a veteran prosecutor who headed the Justice Department’s public interest division in Washington during the Obama administration and later served as acting federal prosecutor in Nashville, Tennessee, will begin work “soon.” It is planned.
The Justice Department described Mr. Smith as a registered independent in an effort to blunt attacks of perceived political bias.
“I can’t believe they’re allowed to do this. This is the worst politicization of justice in our country,” Trump told Fox News Digital of the appointment.
“Hunter Biden is a criminal many times and nothing happens to him. Joe Biden is a criminal many times and nothing happens to them.”
“I think that’s unfair to the country, to the Republican Party, and people shouldn’t accept it. I’m not going to accept it.”
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