Former President Trump on Friday criticized the Justice Department for appointing a special counsel responsible for overseeing the two criminal investigations against him. Trump noted that he was unwilling to “partake” in the investigations.
Trump during an interview with Fox News Digital, said that the special counsel appointment had been politically motivated. This statement comes despite the fact that Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced this decision and presented it as a way of ensuring independence ahead of a potential 2024 presidential match between former President Trump, who has already launched his 2024 presidential campaign, and President Biden who has frequently noted that he is set on pursuing reelection.
In the interview, Trump added that he has had to face this type of prosecution for six years. Trump has often referred to the investigations against him as a “Witch hunt”. He added that he hoped to see Republicans fighting this decision. He continued to say that he would not “partake” in any investigation.
Trump announced his plans to place another bid for the White House on Tuesday evening, from his Mar-a-Lago home.
On Friday he also noted that he had never heard of something similar happening. He added that in all of the years they have been investigating him they have been unable to find anything, which is why they are now bringing “some guy who hates Trump”.
Garland appointed Jack Smith, a longtime prosecutor and current war crimes investigator, to oversee the two investigations against the former President. One of the cases relates to the documents seized from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, while the other relates to potential attempts to stop the peaceful transfer of power, and related to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack.