The White House has claimed that they had nothing to do with the Department of Justice’s decision to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate former President Donald Trump.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre asserted during a press conference on Friday that President Joe Biden and his staff were not aware of Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement regarding the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate Trump — stating that they had not been given advance notice.
Jean-Pierre went on to claim that the Biden administration does not politicize the DOJ.
“I will say this and I’ve said this many times before, we do not politicize the Department of Justice,” she argued.
KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: "I will say this, and I've said this many times before, we do not politicize the Department of Justice."
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The press secretary then attempted to emphasize her claims that Biden was committed to ensuring that the DOJ was independent, adding: “That is something that the president said during the campaign that is something that the president said in his early days of being in the White House and that continues to be true.”
In a televised press statement, Garland named John L. Smith — who is currently the Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice — as the special counsel.
Garland noted in a statement that the special counsel would be investigating whether any person had illegally interfered with the transfer of power after the 2020 election, and would also be looking into Trump’s possession of supposedly classified documents — which were found during the FBI’s controversial raid of the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home.
“The men and women who are pursuing these investigations are conducting themselves in accordance with the highest standards of professionalism,” the attorney general’s statement read. “I could not be prouder of them.”
Trump reacted to the special counsel announcement in an interview with Fox News — stating that he refuses to “partake” in the investigation.
“It is not acceptable. It is so unfair. It is so political,” he added.
“It is not even believable that they’re allowed to do this. This is the worst politicization of justice in our country,” Trump said.
Fox News: Trump says he will “not partake“ in special counsel investigation, slams as "worst politicization of justice. pic.twitter.com/3hbOMLav5V
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