The former president called the new special counsel “political” and unacceptable
Attorney General Merrick Garland announces Jack Smith as special counsel to oversee the investigation into former President Donald Trump, November 18, 2022. © AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
US Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday appointed John L. “Jack” Smith as special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into former President Donald Trump. Smith will look at the January 6 Capitol riot, the alleged presence of classified documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, and anything potentially related. His most recent post was as war crimes prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
Announcing Smith’s appointment, Garland called him a “veteran career prosecutor” and said he will be authorized to prosecute “any federal crimes that may arise from those investigations.” The move comes just three days after Trump announced his 2024 presidential bid.
“I announce and then they appoint a special prosecutor,” Trump told Fox News Digital, reacting to Garland’s appointment. “I’m not going to partake in this.”
“For six years I have been going through this, and I am not going to go through it anymore,” the former US president said, calling it the “worst politicization of justice in our country.”