The attorney general of the United States, Merrick Garland, has announced this Friday the appointment of a special prosecutor that he will investigate former President Donald Trump for his possible involvement in the assault on the Capitol and for the classified documents found in Mar-a-Lago, his Florida residence.
The US justice resorts to the figure of the special prosecutor to avoid possible conflicts of interest and guarantee the independence of the investigations. Although Garland did not expressly cite Trump, he has made it clear that the appointment of this special prosecutor is necessary “due to recent events, including the announcement by the former president that he is running for the next elections,” as well as those of the current president. Joe Biden to run for re-election in 2024.
This is the second time that the US Attorney’s Office has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate Trump. In 2017, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller probed into possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election, when the Republican was elected president.
The investigation into the assault on the Capitol will now focus, according to the US Attorney General, on finding out if there were one or more people who “interfered in the transfer of power” in the country and in the process of certification of the results of the elections that were was taking place on that day, January 6, 2021.
Regarding Mar-a-Lago, Garland pointed out that the handling of the classified documents found there must be investigated, and also find out if there was obstruction of justice in these investigations.
Garland explained that the investigation led by the designated special prosecutor, Jack Smith, will be independent of those already open in both Florida and the District of Columbia. And he assured that this new investigation will not delay the others.