He will supervise the investigations involving the Tycoon. US Attorney General Merrick Garlan: “It’s in the public interest”
US Justice Secretary Merrick Garland has appointed the Justice Department prosecutor Jack Smith as special prosecutor overseeing the Donald Trump investigation.
In announcing the appointment, Garland spoke of two investigations: the first, has the task of clarifying “whether a person or an entity has illegally interfered in the transfer of power following the 2020 presidential elections”, the second concerns the ongoing investigation “on classified documents and the possible obstruction of this investigation”, the latter a reference to the inspections conducted in Donald Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago and the accusation of having kept sensitive documents concerning defense matters.
The appointment of a special prosecutor – explained the minister – was necessary due to the return of Donald Trump to the electoral campaign, as well as Joe Biden’s plans for a second term in the White House.
“The Justice Department has long recognized that in some extraordinary cases, it is in the public interest to appoint a special prosecutor to independently handle an investigation and prosecution,” Garland said at the news conference.
“Based on recent developments, including the former president’s announcement that he plans to run for president in the upcoming elections and the incumbent president’s stated intention to also run, I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint a director special.”