Garland Names Special Counsel to Decide on Trump Criminal Charges
Just three days after former disgraced, twice impeached President Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy for the 2024 Republican nomination. Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special counsel to decide whether Donald Trump should face federal criminal charges.
The Department of Justice Department is believed to have at least three open criminal investigations targeting former President Trump.
The first two criminal investigations include his possible involvement in the January 6th insurrection and a fake elector’s scheme designed to subvert the peaceful and legal transfer of power. The third criminal investigation involves his illegal possession of the top secret, classified, and other government documents seized by the FBI at his Mar-a-Lago country club.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a formal announcement of the appointment of a Special Council by Attorney General Merrick Garland that legal experts have been widely expecting to insulate the Biden Administration from criticism and accusations about possibly prosecuting the former president is expected at any moment. While some expect the announcement later today.
The Attorney General is allowed under Justice Department policies to name a special counsel if he determines an investigation or prosecution presents a possible conflict of interest or if recusals would not be enough to allay concerns. An independent prosecutor, however, will not satisfy Trump or his supporters.
Trump’s declaration of his candidacy for the presidency in 2024 will allow him to use campaign funds he raises to be used to pay for his criminal defense should he be indicted.
On Friday, Attorney General Garland is expected to name Jack Smith as the special counsel who would be in charge of supervising the two separate criminal investigations that are now being conducted against the former President. Smith is the former head prosecutor for the special war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He is now supervising two criminal investigations involving former President Donald Trump.