Watch: Merrick Garland announces Trump’s presidential candidacy announcement influenced him to appoint special counsel
Attorney General Merrick Garland Friday afternoon announced he has appointed a special counsel to take over two of the criminal investigations into Donald Trump. Garland stressed that Donald Trump’s announcement this week was a large part of the reason he decided to appoint the special counsel.
“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 it is in the public interest to appoint a special counsel.”
Garland claimed the appointment of a special counsel, which several legal experts urged him to not do, “underscores the Department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters.”
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\u201cGarland: Based on recent development, 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\u2026\u201d— Acyn (@Acyn) 1668799655
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