Jack Smith worked at the International Criminal Court, between 2008 and 2010, where he investigated, among other cases, war crimes committed in the Kosovo war
US Attorney General Merrick Garland (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)
US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate former President Donald Trump for his possible involvement in the assault on the Capitoland classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago, Florida, residence.
The designated prosecutor, Jack Smith, is a special investigator for the Department of of Justice and former chief prosecutor at the war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
Garland did not specifically quote Trump, but he did make it clear that the investigation will refer to the possible implications of those who instigated the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, as well as documents found during an FBI search of the former president's Mar-a-Lago mansion.
The Justice Department secretary stressed that he has decided to open this investigation after learning of the intentions of Trump and the country's president, Joe Biden, to run in the 2024 presidential elections. “I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint a special prosecutor,” he added.
The investigations into the assault on the Capitol will focus, according to Garland, on finding out if there were one or more people who “interfered in the transfer of power” and in the ratification process of Biden as president on 6 January 2021 in Congress, after winning the 2020 elections against Trump.
As for Mar-a-Lago, Garland pointed out that the handling of classified documents must be investigated that they were found there by the FBI and find out if there was obstruction of Justice during that investigation.
Garland explained that the investigation led by the designated special prosecutor, Jack Smith, will be independent of those already underway in both Florida and the United States. the District of Columbia, and that it will not slow down the rest.
File photo by Jack Smith (REUTERS )
In a statement on the same Friday, Smith vowed that he would carry out his inquiry and “any prosecution that may come from them independently.”
In addition to a extensive career as a prosecutor, the now special investigator of the Department of Justice worked at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, between 2008 and 2010, where he investigated, among other cases, war crimes committed in the war in Kosovo.< /p>
Before being named special prosecutor this Friday, Smith spent time at the Office of the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, handling corruption, crime and violence cases involving gangs, according to his biography on the Department of Justice website.
This is the second time that Trump has been subjected to an investigation of this type, since in 2017, the former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
At the end of the investigation, Mueller filed charges against 34 people, several of them from Trump's close circle, including his personal lawyer, Michael Flynn, his former boss campaign leader Paul Manafort and his adviser Roger Stone.
(With information from EFE)