Merrick Garland appoints special counsel as Trump 2024 announcement backfires

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Attorney General Merrick Garland has responded to Trump’s 2024 campaign announcement by appointing a special counsel to investigate the former president.

The Wall Street Journal reported:

Attorney General Merrick Garland will appoint special counsel to determine whether former President Donald Trump should be charged over Justice Department investigations, according to a person familiar with the case.

A formal announcement, expected Friday afternoon, would come three days after Trump announced a new bid for the presidency and would appoint the third independent prosecutor in five years to investigate issues involving Trump. The exact scope of the special counsel’s assignment and who it would be could not be determined.

If Trump thought the Justice Department would back down or be put off by his campaign announcement, he was wrong. Trump has historically expressed the erroneous belief that presidential candidates cannot be sued, which may help explain why he rushed into announcing that he is running for president in 2024.

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The appointment of the special counsel is a preemptive measure to get in the way of Trump and his allies, who will argue that the investigation into his illegal possession of classified documents is politically motivated.

Trump isn’t going to stop the Justice Department by standing in the Mar-a-Lago ballroom and declaring his candidacy for president.

Trump played his 2024 card, but AG Garland seems to be three steps ahead.