Special counsel Jack Smith to oversee criminal investigations into Trump

An independent lawyer has been appointed to oversee the US justice department’s criminal investigations into former President Donald Trump.

Jack Smith, a former war crimes prosecutor, was named special counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland in a news conference.

He will lead investigations into how Mr Trump handled classified documents and his alleged role in the Capitol riot.

Mr Trump, who is the subject of several other inquiries, denies any wrongdoing.

Mr Smith will ultimately decide whether the former Republican president, who announced his 2024 candidacy just three days ago, will face criminal charges.

“In certain extraordinary cases it is in the public interest to appoint a special prosecutor to independently manage an investigation and prosecution,” Mr Garland said on Friday.

“Due to recent developments, including the former president’s announcement that he is a candidate in the next election, and the sitting president’s intention to be a candidate as well, I have…

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