Trump special counsel appointment shows Justice Department believes in ‘feasible potential case’

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Sunday that the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into former President Trump means the Department of Justice (DOJ) still has “feasible potential lawsuits” against him. It shows that you believe

Rosenstein, who appointed Robert Mueller as the special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, told CBS’s Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation” that Attorney General Merrick Garland was “reluctant”. I can’t step on it,” he said. Appointment of Special Advisor from outside.

“What it shows is that despite the fact that the ministry has been doing this for some time, nearly two years with the January 6 investigation and nearly a year with the Mar-a-Lago investigation, I think it shows that they still believe, they have a viable potential case,” Rosenstein said.

“That doesn’t mean they made the decision to move forward,” he added. “But it certainly shows that they believe it has potential.”

Garland on Friday identified longtime prosecutor Jack Smith as the person who illegally obstructed the transfer of power over the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol raid and mishandling of classified government records in Marlago. appointed a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into whether

The announcement comes just days after Trump officially entered the 2024 presidential election, and Garland also cited President Biden’s intention to run for re-election as the reason for appointing a semi-independent special counsel. mentioned.

As Rosenstein told CBS: “The investigation has been going on for a while, and given the stage they’ve reached, I think it’s my tendency to not know from the outside, although I probably wouldn’t.”

the promise Giving Smith some autonomy over the future of the two investigationsbut he still reports to the Attorney General.

“We strongly believe that the department’s normal process is to handle all investigations in good faith,” Garland said Friday. The extraordinary circumstances presented here demand it.”

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