With DOJ indictment of Trump Coming After Thanksgiving, Garland Appoints Special Master to Oversee Investigations, Citing Conflict
Fairness from Biden
Date: November 23, 2022 09:12AM
Despite assurances from Garland that a special counsel will not bog down the investigation, reality suggests otherwise. Smith will oversee not one but two ongoing investigations: The efforts to disrupt the counting of the Electoral College ballots on Jan. 6, 2021, and Trump’s possession of classified documents and presidential records at his Mar-a-Lago home after leaving office.
For the first one alone, the attorney general has directed Smith to investigate whether “any person or entity unlawfully interfered with the transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election or the certification of the Electoral College on or about January 6, 2021.”
Looking into “any person or entity” is a very wide scope that is time-consuming and shifts the focus away from Trump. It should not take long for Smith to be briefed by the existing Justice Department team, but Garland’s broad mandate could undermine the goal of making final prosecutorial decisions long before the 2024 presidential primaries.