Who is Jack Smith, the special counsel named in the Trump investigations

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday appointed Jack Smith, the Justice Department's former public integrity chief, to oversee the Justice Department's criminal investigation involving former President Donald Trump.

Smith will oversee key aspects of the department's Jan. 6 investigation, as well as the department's investigation into possible mishandling of classified documents and presidential records at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.

"Based on recent developments, including the former President's announcement that he is a presidential candidate in the next election, and the current President's declared intention to be a candidate as well, I conclude that a special appointment Advocate in the public interest," Garland said at a news conference.

"Such an appointment underscores the department's commitment to both independence and accountability, especially in sensitive cases. It allows prosecutors and agents to continue their work expeditiously and to make decisions unquestionably guided only by the facts and the law." gives."

Garland's decision came three days after Trump announced he would run for the White House again, and after Republicans claimed a majority in the House in the next Congress.