U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland Friday appointed a special prosecutor to pursue two investigations against former President Donald Trump.
Attorney General Garland appointed former New York assistant District Attorney Jack Smith to spearhead the two ongoing criminal investigations. The first, according to a Department of Justice statement, investigates whether any person interfered with the transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election. It also will review the January 6, 2021, certification of the Electoral College vote.
The second is the investigation of allegedly classified documents and other presidential records seized from Trump’s Florida home. It will further look to indict for obstruction of that investigation.
“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,” Garland said in a statement. “Such an appointment underscores the Department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters.”
Trump’s reacted to the news with anger. He called the DOJ decision to appoint a special counsel further “politicization of justice.”
“I have been going through this for six years — for six years I have been going through this, and I am not going to go through it anymore,” Trump retorted Friday, according to a Fox News report. “And I hope the Republicans have the courage to fight this.”
“I have been proven innocent for six years on everything — from fake impeachments to [former special counsel Robert] Mueller who found no collusion, and now I have to do it more?” asked Trump. “It is not acceptable. It is so unfair.”
“It is so political.”
The 45th president said he would not cooperate with the special counsel investigations, according to the Fox report.
“I am not going to partake in it,” Trump exclaimed.
The former president Tuesday announced his third campaign to become president. In a Truth Social post, he noted ratings soared for Fox and CNN when they broadcast his campaign decision.
“I have never heard of such a thing,” Trump complained. “They found nothing. I announce and then they appoint a special prosecutor.
“They found nothing, and now they take some guy who hates Trump,” he continued. “This is a disgrace and only happening because I am leading in every poll in both parties.”