Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a veteran prosecutor currently investigating crimes against humanity in Kosovo to determine whether former President Donald Trump would face federal charges in connection with last year’s Capitol riot or his retention of sensitive government documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Garland’s announcement, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, comes three days after the 76-year-old Trump announced his candidacy for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
The special counsel, whose identity was not immediately clear, would be the third to examine legal issues surrounding Trump in the past five years
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller headed an investigation into claims Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign unlawfully collaborated with Russian government officials, as well as whether Trump obstructed justice by firing then-FBI Director James Comey shortly after taking office in 2017.
In October 2020, then-Attorney General William Barr appointed John Durham to lead an investigation into the conduct of the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe, including its use of the notorious, now-debunked dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
In addition to the classified documents case, Trump is also being scrutinized for his attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election, as well as his potential role inciting last year’s Capitol riot
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.