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Ex-Justice Department Prosecutor Jack Smith Named Special Counsel in Trump Criminal Probes

HeadlineNov 21, 2022

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has named former Justice Department prosecutor Jack Smith to lead investigations into Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol insurrection, as well as whether Trump mishandled classified materials.

Attorney General Merrick Garland: “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.”

Special counsel Jack Smith also previously worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York and investigated and prosecuted war crimes and crimes against humanity at The Hague’s International Criminal Court.

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