2020 ELECTION/DOJ/INVESTIGATIONS: “Attorney General Merrick Garland tapped longtime federal prosecutor Jack Smith as special counsel to oversee a multi-pronged investigation into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to subvert the 2020 election and the unauthorized transfer of highly classified government documents to his Florida estate after exiting the White House.

Garland’s appointment is an attempt to shield the Justice Department from conflicts of interest in an unprecedented criminal investigation after Trump recently announced a bid to retake the White House now occupied by Garland’s boss, President Joe Biden.”

-Kevin Johnson, “AG Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to oversee Trump criminal investigations,” usatoday.com, November 18, 2022