Attorney General Merrick Garland made headlines this past Friday when he named a special counsel to oversee two investigations into former President Donald Trump.
Garland says special counsel will operate “in an even-handed and urgent matter”
According to CNBC, Garland tapped former federal prosecutor Jack Smith to review whether Trump and his associates illegally interfered with either the certification of Electoral College votes on January 6, 2021 or the transfer of power to President Joe Biden.
At the same time, Smith will also oversee an investigation of Trump’s decision to bring classified documents to his home in Florida.
“The Department of Justice has long recognized that in certain extraordinary cases it is in the public interest to appoint a special prosecutor to independently manage an investigation and prosecution,” Garland said.
“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,” he continued.
“I will ensure that the Special Counsel receives the resources to conduct this work quickly and completely,” Garland promised.
The attorney general went on to insisted “Mr. Smith is the right choice to complete these matters in an even-handed and urgent manner.”
Sen. Ted Cruz: “This has never happened in the history of our country”
However, some Republicans were skeptical of Garland’s claim. They include Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who told Fox News that Smith’s appointment “is the culmination of the deliberate weaponization of law enforcement.”
“This is camouflage designed to set up the next step — which is the Biden Department of Justice intends to indict Donald Trump,” Cruz predicted.
“This has never happened in the history of our country,” he complained, calling the move evidence that the Biden administration “views the Department of Justice and the FBI as the enforcers for their partisan priorities.”
“We have had 46 presidents and if you go all the way back to George Washington, no administration has ever raided the home of a former president — no administration has ever tried to indict a former president,” the GOP lawmaker complained.
Garland’s appointment of Smith came just days after Trump announced that he will be making another White House run.