Three Days After Trump Announces for POTUS, Garland Appoints Special Counsel to Investigate Him

On Tuesday night, former President Donald Trump officially announced his 2024 Presidential bid, and a few days later, a special prosecutor was appointed to investigate him.

During his announcement speech, Trump derided the January 6th investigation into him and former members of the Trump administration and the ongoing investigation into documents that the President stored as his Mar-a-Lago estate.

Just three days after declaring his intent to run for President, Biden Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Friday that he is appointing a Special Counsel to investigate January 6th and President Trump’s records at Mar-a-Lago.

Garland cited “recent developments, including the former president’s announcement that he is a candidate for president in the next election.”

Smith is a career prosecutor at the Department of Justice and is notable for being the chief prosecutor for the special court in The Hague, where he investigated war crimes in Kosovo.

Garland cited the need to protect the Justice Department’s image so that people would not believe the investigation was politically biased.

Still, Smith will report to Garland, who will make the ultimate decision on whether to bring charges against the former President.

A spokesperson for Trump responded to the announcement on NBC News.  “This is a totally expected political stunt by a feckless, politicized, weaponized Biden Department of Justice,” They said

Garland already faced accusations of political bias earlier this week after prosecutors stated that they do not believe Trump had any “discernible business interest” in keeping documents at Mar-a-Lago. Some questioned the timing of the report, asking why prosecutors waited to clarify Trump’s motives until after the midterms.

Conservatives quickly took to Twitter to call Garland’s decision politically motivated, with some lamenting the numerous investigations against Trump that have not resulted in criminal charges or evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Another user thanked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. for keeping Garland off the Supreme Court.

Some liberal Twitter users seemed frustrated with Garland’s decision to appoint a Special Counsel, believing it would slow down Trump’s criminal prosecution.

Tom Fitton, the President of Judicial Watch, a top conservative legal watchdog group, said that it was hypocritical for Garland to appoint a special counsel to ‘harass’ Trump while refusing to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden’s influence-peddling schemes.

The newly elected Republican majority in the House of Representatives promised to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden’s alleged influence-peddling schemes.

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Representative James Comer, R-Ky. who is expected to be on the House Oversight and Judiciary committee, said that the President’s use of his office to enrich his family is “abuse of the highest order.”

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