– US Department of Justice appoints special prosecutor on Trump
Prosecutor Jack Smith has been entrusted with this task. Just a few days ago, Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election.
An independent special counsel will take over the ongoing US judicial investigation into former President Donald Trump. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that Attorney General Jack Smith will lead the investigation into secret documents seized from Trump’s private home, Mar-a-Lago, and parts of the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol. It came just three days after Trump announced a 2024 presidential nomination.
Garland said the appointment of a special counsel was “in the public interest.” “In light of recent events, including the previous president’s announcement that he is running for president in the upcoming election and the current president’s (Joe Biden) intent to also run, I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint counsel. special”.
As special counsel, Smith will “independently” decide whether to file charges, Garland said. The appointment of the so-called Special Counsel is likely to pursue the objective of taking the breath away from the accusations of political instrumentalization of the Department of Justice. Smith, who recently investigated war crimes in Kosovo in The Hague, promised in a statement an “independent”, “prompt” and “thorough” investigation.
Trump announced Tuesday night at his luxurious Mar-a-Lago property that he wanted to run again in the 2024 presidential election. The ongoing investigations against him pose a threat to the Republican.
The federal judiciary is involved in two cases: In August, FBI investigators searched Mar-a-Lago and seized numerous secret documents that Trump had taken with him when he left the White House.
There are allegations of theft and inappropriate storage of secret documents, illegal concealment of government documents, and obstruction of justice. The researchers also cite an espionage law that contains strict requirements for the retention of national security documents.
The second special counsel with the Trump file
The US judiciary is also investigating the takeover of the Capitol. Trump has not been officially charged in either case. Trump’s radical supporters had invaded the headquarters of Congress when Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 presidential election was to be officially confirmed there.
A parliamentary committee of inquiry blamed Trump for the violence that killed five people. After his election loss against Biden in November 2020, he had amply refuted allegations of voter fraud, and on January 6, 2021, he called on his supporters to march on Capitol Hill and fight “whatever.”
A special investigator had already taken up Trump: During the Republican’s tenure in the White House in 2017, former FBI chief Robert Mueller investigated allegations of pro-Trump Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
In his nearly two-year investigation, Mueller found insufficient evidence of illegal collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. However, he expressly did not exonerate the President of suspicion of criminal obstruction of justice.
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