Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday named a special counsel to investigate the entirety of the criminal probe into the unlawful retention of national defense information at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, Fox News has learned.
Jack Smith, a former Justice Department official, was appointed by Garland to this role. Smith, an ex-assistant U.S. Attorney and chief of the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section, will oversee the investigation into Trump’s retention and use of classified documents following his departure from the White House. He will also investigate whether Trump obstructed federal government investigations into the matter.
Smith will also oversee the investigation into Trump’s interference with peaceful transfer of power after the 2020 presidential election. This includes the certification of the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6, 2021.
“It’s in the public interest that a special prosecutor be appointed to oversee an investigation and prosecution which is based on current developments. [Trump’s] Announcement that he will be running for the presidency in the next election, and statement by the incumbent president about his intention to run…