US attorney general appoints special counsel in Trump DoJ investigations – live

Garland links special prosecutor appointment to Trump and Biden’s runs

Merrick Garland said his appointment of a special prosecutor was necessary because of Donald Trump’s return to the campaign trail, as well as Joe Biden’s plans to seek a second term in the White House.

“The department of justice has long recognized that in certain extraordinary cases, it is in the public interest to appoint a special prosecutor to independently manage an investigation and prosecution,” Garland said in the just-concluded press conference.

“Based on recent developments, including the former president’s announcement that he is a candidate for president in the next election and the sitting president’s stated intention to be a candidate as well, I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint a special counsel.”

Updated at 14.48 EST

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This article was written by Gabrielle Canon in Oakland and Chris Stein in Washington (earlier) and originally published on