Attorney General Garland appoints special counsel to Trump investigations
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced he’s appointing a special counsel to oversee the investigations and any subsequent prosecutions in two highly sensitive cases. First, whether a person or entity unlawfully interfered with the transfer of power or the certification of the electoral college following the 2020 presidential election. The second is the investigation into the possible mishandling of classified documents and presidential records at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
Garland appointed Jack Smith, a veteran career prosecutor, who was most recently the chief prosecutor in the Hague handling war crimes in Kosovo. Smith will return from the Hague to the United States for this investigation.
MERICK GARLAND: Based on recent developments, including the former president’s announcement that he is a candidate for president in the next election and the sitting president’s stated intention to be a candidate as well. I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint a special counsel. Such an appointment underscores the department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters.”
Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan