Garland to appoint special counsel for Trump criminal probes

Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special prosecutor to oversee criminal matters related to former President Donald Trump, according to a senior Justice Department official.

The investigation will include the Justice Department’s probe of Trump’s alleged retention of highly sensitive national security secrets at his Mar-a-Lago estate, as well as aspects of the effort by Trump and his allies effort to subvert the 2020 election and disrupt the transition of power to President Joe Biden.

The announcement triggers an extraordinary investigation into an ex-president and his allies and comes as Trump mounts a new bid to reclaim the presidency.

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