Bloomberg Law: Trump Special Counsel Faces Key Decisions as 2024 Race Quickens

Bloomberg Law

Jack Smith, the new special counsel overseeing two of the Justice Department’s most high-profile and politically sensitive investigations involving former president Donald Trump, is up against a clock.

Smith’s appointment by Attorney General Merrick Garland indicates there are still big decisions to come — including whether the evidence supports bringing criminal charges. But the closer it gets to the Republican primaries in early 2024, let alone election day, cries of political interference by Trump and his supporters will only get louder if a federal indictment comes down.

The appointment is another sign of “blatant political bias” in the Justice Department’s effort to tip the scale in favor of Biden and against Trump in 2024, Mike Davis, a Republican political operative and lawyer, said in a statement.

“Like with the politically-motivated and baseless Mueller probe, Garland knows a special counsel will unnecessarily drag on and leave a dark political cloud over Trump while he’s running for president over the next two years,” Davis said.

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