The Minister of Justice, Merrick Garland, appointed former war crimes prosecutor in the Hague court, Jack Smithhow special counsel to oversee the two federal investigations in which he is involved Donald Trump. Smith is a veteran of the Department of Justice, where he led public integrity. He then served as Acting Federal Attorney in Nashville, Tennessee, under Obama. Most recently he was chief prosecutor for the special court in The Hague investigating international war crimes. Garland explained that the appointment is “in the public interest”. There White House, for his part, made it known that he did not interfere and that it is an independent decision of the Justice Department. In particular, Smith will have to supervise the investigations relating to top secret White House documents seized by the FBI in Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago and on some aspects of Trump’s involvement in the attempted insurrection of January 6, 2021 with the attack on the Capitol on which a commission of inquiry is also working.
Donald Trump, who in recent days has proclaimed himself a “victim” of the judicial investigations, saying he is more persecuted than Al Capone, has launched his new candidacy for the White House. At the same time, while he was busy in Bali for an emergency summit of G7 and NATO leaders present at the Indonesian G20, President Joe Biden replied to the tycoon with a tweet: “Donald Trump has betrayed America“. In announcing his new candidacy, the third, Trump once again challenged the Republican establishment, which after the bad performance of Trumpian candidates in the midterm elections, would have preferred a pause for reflection. The former president, who according to rumors was “furious” on election night due to the disappointing results, did not however want to postpone the appointment. Trump is no longer the absolute leader of the Republican Party, pressed by suitors such as Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, emerged victorious from the midterm vote. While still popular among the Republican base, Trump also faces possible nominations from other members of the party establishment, such as the former vice president Mike Penceincreasingly critical of his management of the phase following the 2020 electoral defeat, which culminated with the assault on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021.