DOJ Appoints Special Counsel To Decide If Trump Should Face Charges

Former US President Donald Trump speaks to the media while departing a polling station after voting in the US midterm elections at Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center in Palm Beach, Florida, on November 8, 2022. (Photo by Eva Marie UZCATEGUI / AFP) (Photo by EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel on Friday to oversee Justice Department investigations into former President Donald Trump.
  • The investigation would be the naming of the third independent prosecutor in five years to examine issues involving the former president.
  • The announcement comes days after Trump launched his comeback bid for the White House in 2024.

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