US Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday appointed former war crimes prosecutor Jack Smith to oversee investigations into former President Donald Trump.
The independent prosecutor is to oversee investigations into Trump’s handling of classified documents, as well as a probe into efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
The move comes just days after Trump announced his bid for presidency. Garrland said that the announcement was one of the factors in his decision to appoint a special counsel.
Who is Jack Smith?
Veteran prosecutor Jack Smith led the Justice Department’s public integrity section in Washington.
Later, he also served as the acting chief federal prosecutor in Nashvile, Tennesse under former President Barack Obama’s administration.
In 2018, Smith was appointed a specialist prosecutor for a Hague-based court that investigated war crimes in Kosovo.
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