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Friday, November 18, 2022

Attorney General Merrick Garland is expected to announce the appointment of a special counsel later today to determine whether criminal charges should be brought against Donald Trump.

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Garland stated this move is to remove the possible appearance of conflict interest now that Trump has announced his run for President. Special counsel Jack Smith will make take over the investigations into the documents at maralago and attempts to prevent election certification.

#1 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2022-11-18 02:29 PM | Reply

House Republicans are going to go totally berserk over this. They'll not only initiate an investigation of Merrick Garland but also whomever he appoints as the special counsel. Of course, they'll claim that this is unprecedented, forgetting totally that Bill Barr appointed John Durham a special counsel to look into the so-called 'FBI Russia witch-hunt' during his last days a Attorney General.

OCU

#2 | Posted by OCUser at 2022-11-18 02:31 PM | Reply

Since 2018 Smith has served as chief prosecutor for the special court in The Hague investigating war crimes in Kosovo.

#3 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2022-11-18 02:32 PM | Reply

ROFL Trump forced Garland's hand, this is hilarious.

#4 | Posted by Bluewaffles at 2022-11-18 03:05 PM | Reply

"Jack Smith, a former chief of the Justice Department's unit that investigates public corruption " the Public Integrity Section....

During his stint at the Public Integrity Section, Smith oversaw the prosecutions of CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who was convicted in 2015 of disclosing national defense information and obstructing justice " two potential crimes at the center of the Trump documents probe.

Smith also oversaw the convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and former Rep. Rick Renzi, an Arizona Republican, both for bribery and extortion charges. McDonnell's conviction was later overturned by the Supreme Court."

www.politico.com

T-rump prolly thinks he always has the rwing SC to bail him out... maybe, maybe not.

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2022-11-18 03:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Just as I predicted! ~ Toot, Toot

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-11-18 04:16 PM | Reply

DOJ Will Appoint Special Counsel For Trump

In the interest of time, two special counsels should have been appointed; one for the Mar-A-Largo docs case and the other for the Jan 6 case. Furthermore, the investigative teams currently working on those cases should be transferred to the special counsel's team en masse.

#7 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2022-11-18 05:36 PM | Reply

Just as I predicted more nothing

#8 | Posted by truthhurts at 2022-11-18 05:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Actually they think the special counsel will speed the process up, delivering his recommendation within 3 months (estimated) according to the national news.

#9 | Posted by BBQ at 2022-11-18 07:45 PM | Reply

Jesus christ if garland wasn't moving slow as a snail to avoid getting called partisan by people who will call him partisan no matter what, he'd be on trial already. For multiple things. Hell you he could have prosecuted him for obstructing the mueller investigation. Those were criminal charges.

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-11-18 08:39 PM | Reply

SPEAKS

"Hell you he could have prosecuted him for obstructing the mueller investigation."

Indeed! But Trump had Bill Barr as his wingman.

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-11-18 09:22 PM | Reply

Indeed! But Trump had Bill Barr as his wingman.

#11 | Posted by Twinpac

But the obstruction charges were never addressed. He just couldnt be prosecuted WHILE PRESIDENT.

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-11-18 09:25 PM | Reply

" Just as I predicted more nothing

#8 | POSTED BY TRUTHHURTS AT 2022-11-18 05:47 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY"

I believe it's by design. Democrats want Trump to be the nominee because his disapproval rating is so high his path to victory is very narrow. So drag this out as long as possible.

#13 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-11-18 09:56 PM | Reply

SPEAKS

"He just couldnt be prosecuted WHILE PRESIDENT."

I can't argue with that. My guess is that a coup attempt to overthrow the U.S. government and murder Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi had the DOJ a bit distracted.

Sorry, that's the best I can come up with.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-11-18 09:58 PM | Reply

Nothing is going to happen to Trump because presidents protect their own. That's been happening since at least Ford to Nixon.

#15 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2022-11-18 10:07 PM | Reply

That's why it has to stop! If he goes unaccountable for all of THIS, any future president can do any damn thing he wants and can't be punished without 2/3 of the Senate voting to remove him (which will NEVER happen).

If he can't be convicted for his many actual crimes (not just political stuff), then the "Rule of Law" and "equal justice under the law" are -------- and this country should stop pretending otherwise.

Hint: everybody except straight, white, middle class and above, "Christian" males already knows this.

#16 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2022-11-19 12:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Instead of saying "presidents protect their own," that line should be . . . Republican presidents protect their own.

Aside from the fact that President Biden has played no role in the DOJ/House investigation nor pending indictments of Donald Trump, there isn't even a hint that President Biden would do anything other than let the law take its course.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-11-19 02:46 AM | Reply

Merrick Garland is a coward.

It's done. The republicans will simply close the purse strings

. MTG already said the special prosecutor wont be getting checks.

Democrats are weak.

#18 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2022-11-19 02:52 AM | Reply

#18 | Posted by Alexandrite

MAGAts defunding the new Special Counsel isn't going to happen:

Even if the Holman Rule does come back, using it to stop the investigation could prove difficult. Both the House and the Democrat-controlled Senate would have to vote to approve any amendments proposed under the rule. (and Biden sign it)

www.newsweek.com

#19 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-11-19 07:09 AM | Reply

I think Smith will move quickly rather than drag it out for ages. Smith is a no nonsense guy.

This is a unique compared to previous Special Counsel investigations because the DOJ and January 6th Committee already have so much information and testimony from the investigations they've already been engaged in for some time now.

We'll have recommendations for or against prosecution some time next year, IMO.

#20 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-11-19 07:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Instead of saying "presidents protect their own," that line should be . . . Republican presidents protect their own.
Aside from the fact that President Biden has played no role in the DOJ/House investigation nor pending indictments of Donald Trump, there isn't even a hint that President Biden would do anything other than let the law take its course.
POSTED BY TWINPAC AT 2022-11-19 02:46 AM | REPLY

Nonsense. Both political parties protect their own. But I understand. You're on the bargaining phase of grief.

#21 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2022-11-19 11:30 AM | Reply

Nonsense. Both political parties protect their own.

Tell that to Al Franken.

#22 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2022-11-19 12:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I can't argue with that. My guess is that a coup attempt to overthrow the U.S. government and murder Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi had the DOJ a bit distracted.

Sorry, that's the best I can come up with.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac

If the head of the DOJ is too distracted to prosecute a leader who obstructed justice then we need a new head of the DOJ.

#23 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-11-19 04:04 PM | Reply

Nonsense. Both political parties protect their own.

Tell that to Al Franken.

#22 | Posted by WhoDaMan

Or liz cheney.

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-11-19 04:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade:

"The one thing I find most significant," she said, "is you don't need to appoint a special counsel just to decline a case. You don't call in a Jack Smith, someone with incredible credentials, incredible reputation, pull him out of The Hague to do this work, unless you think there is a very high likelihood that one of these cases is going to result in charges. So that's my read."

McQuade's take was shared by some other legal observers. Former federal prosecutor and legal analyst Renato Mariotti tweeted, "If Merrick Garland didn't think there was a serious possibility that Trump would be indicted, he wouldn't have appointed a special counsel."

#25 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-11-19 04:19 PM | Reply

@#25 ... Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade ...

Her comments that I've read and heard in the past have earned my respect for her opinions.

I especially like it when, on MSNBC, she pushes back (sometimes strongly) against the subtly leading question asked by the program host.

Another I admire for that is Chuck Rosenberg.

#26 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-19 04:31 PM | Reply

Latest Trump quote: "I am the most honest and innocent person in our country."

(I almost spit coffee all over my laptop screen)

#27 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-11-19 04:38 PM | Reply

"I am the most honest and innocent person in our country."
#27 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY

He suffers from a very simple mind.

#28 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2022-11-19 05:48 PM | Reply

We're talking about POTUS's. Like I said. Both political parties protect their own. Ford protected Nixon. Obama protected Dubya and now Biden is protecting Trump. Same song and dance.

#29 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2022-11-19 05:49 PM | Reply

@#27 ... Latest Trump quote: "I am the most honest and innocent person in our country."

Unless and until he is convicted in a court of law, that quote is correct.

Well, maybe the "innocent" part...

#30 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-19 06:00 PM | Reply

@#29 ... Both political parties protect their own. Ford protected Nixon. Obama protected Dubya ...

My recollection is that fmr Pres Obama was not in the same political party as fmr Pres GW Bush.

Do you have something that says otherwise?

#31 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-19 06:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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