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Ex-war crimes prosecutor appointed to probe Trump

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US Justice Minister Merrick Garland announced on Friday, November 18 the appointment of independent prosecutor Jack Smith to oversee investigations into former President Donald Trump.

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“I intend to exercise independent judgment and will move the investigations forward in a prompt and thorough manner regardless of the conclusions that will arise from the facts and the law”assured Jack Smith in a press release.

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Two federal justice investigations

The billionaire, who announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election on Tuesday, is currently the subject of two separate federal justice investigations. The first relates to the assault led by his supporters against the Capitol on January 6, 2021 at the time of the certification of the victory of his Democratic rival Joe Biden in the presidential election of 2020. This sprawling investigation resulted in the indictment of nearly 900 people who directly participated in the violence.

But prosecutors have never ruled out looking at other actors. “Everyone who is criminally responsible for efforts to annul the election will be held accountable for their actions”said Merrick Garland several times.

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The second investigation relates to the archives of the White House. Leaving the presidency, Donald Trump took entire boxes of documents. However, a law of 1978 obliges any American president to transmit all of his emails, letters and other working documents to the National Archives.

In January, he returned 15 boxes. After examination, the federal police estimated that he probably kept others in his luxurious Mar-a-Lago, Florida residence. FBI agents carried out a spectacular search there on August 8 on the basis of a warrant for “retention of classified documents” and “obstructing a federal investigation”and seized about thirty other boxes.

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An intense legal battle then opened to determine the nature of the documents seized (classified? personal? declassified?) which slowed down the procedure but, here again, a federal indictment remains possible.

A first survey in 2017

In the past, Donald Trump has already been the subject of an investigation supervised by a special prosecutor: Robert Mueller was charged in 2017 with establishing whether there had been collusion between his campaign team and Russia.

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After two years of investigation, he had judged not to have enough evidence of a plot between Moscow and the Trump team, but had noted a series of disturbing pressures exerted by the tenant of the White House on his investigation and was said to be unable to clear him of the suspicions of obstruction of justice.

The Minister of Justice at the time, Republican Bill Barr, however, did not consider it necessary to prosecute him.

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