Experts: Why A Special Counsel For Trump, But Not Hunter Biden?

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18: U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland delivers remarks alongside Deputy Attorney General Lisa O.  Monaco and Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite at the U.S. Justice Department on November 18, 2022 in Washington, DC. Garland announced he will appoint a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation into former President Donald Trump and his handling of classified documents and actions before the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol Building. Garland's pick to oversee the special counsel is Jack Smith, an international criminal court prosecutor. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Attorney General Merrick Garland’s decision Friday to name a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigations of former President Donald Trump raised a questions among legal experts: Why wouldn’t he also appoint a special counsel to oversee the ongoing probe into Hunter Biden?
  • Garland appointed Jack Smith, a former career Justice Department prosecutor and former chief prosecutor at The Hague, to serve as special counsel to oversee two ongoing criminal investigations.
  • “By appointing a special counsel to investigate his boss’s political enemy, Attorney General Merrick Garland continues to politicize and weaponize the Biden Justice Department — all while Garland ignores smoking-gun evidence of Biden’s foreign corruption,” tweeted Mike Davis, former chief counsel for nominations for the Senate Judiciary Committee.



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