The US appoints a war crimes prosecutor to look into Trump

The US appoints a war crimes prosecutor to look into Trump

The new special counsel was labeled “political” and unacceptable by the former president.

John L. “Jack” Smith has been appointed by US Attorney General Merrick Garland to lead the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into former President Donald Trump. Smith will investigate the Capitol riot on January 6, the alleged presence of secret documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, and anything else that might be connected. His most recent position was as an international criminal court (ICC) war crimes prosecutor in The Hague.

Garland described Smith as a “veteran career prosecutor” when announcing his appointment, and he said he would have the power to bring charges for “any federal crimes that may arise from those investigations.” Three days after Trump declared his intention to run for president in 2024, the action was taken.

In response to Garland’s appointment, Trump said on Fox News Digital, “I announce and then they appoint a special prosecutor.” “I’m not participating in this.”

The former US president described it as the “worst politicization of justice in our country” and said, “I have been going through this for six years, and I am not going to go through it anymore.”

“Now I have to do it more?” he questioned. “I have been proven innocent for six years on everything – from fake impeachments to [Robert] Mueller who found no collusion. “That’s not right. It’s unjust. It is extremely political.

After FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired, leaked memos suggesting that the president was obstructing the investigation, Mueller was given the task of looking into the Democrats’ allegations of Trump’s “Russian collusion” in 2017. Later on, both Comey and the majority of Mueller’s prosecutors engaged in open Democratic campaigning.

Trump criticized the “weaponization” of the FBI and DOJ during his announcement on Tuesday and demanded “a top to bottom overhaul to clean out the festering rot and corruption” in Washington. To support his claim that another special counsel should be appointed “in the public interest,” Garland specifically referenced Trump’s potential re-election as president.

Smith oversaw the Public Integrity Office at the DOJ before taking the helm as chief prosecutor at the ICC. Bob McDonnell, the Republican governor of Virginia, was one of those he brought charges against for corruption. In 2016, the US Supreme Court reversed that conviction.

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