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Former President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. — Rebecca Blackwell/AP/SIPA
US Justice Minister Merrick Garland will announce on Friday the appointment of an independent prosecutor to oversee investigations into former President Donald Trump, according to US media.
The Minister is to deliver a speech at; 2:15 p.m. (9:15 p.m. French time), depending on its services. According to the Wall Street Journal and CNN, Merrick Garland will announce to; this occasion the appointment of a special prosecutor in charge of to direct the investigations against the Republican, who announced; on Tuesday his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election.
The billionaire is currently targeted. by two separate federal justice investigations. The first deals with the assault led by 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 at the the presidential election of 2020. This sprawling investigation led to the indictment of nearly 900 people who directly participated in the violence.
But prosecutors have never ruled out looking into the matter. other actors. “Everyone who is criminally responsible for efforts to annul the election will be held to account,” Merrick Garland at; many times. The second investigation concerns the archives of the White House.
Boxes of classified documents
Leaving the presidency, Donald Trump took entire boxes of documents. However, a law of 1978 obliges any American president to transmit all of his e-mails, 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 at his luxurious Mar-a-Lago, Florida residence.
FBI agents led on August 8, a spectacular search on the basis of a warrant for “retention of classified documents” and “”obstruction of a federal investigation,” and seized about 30 more boxes. An intense legal battle then opened to determine the nature of the documents seized (classified? personal? declassified?) still, a federal indictment remains possible.
Collusion with Russia
In the past, Donald Trump has already is the subject of an investigation supervised by a special prosecutor: Robert Mueller had been loaded in 2017 to establish whether there was collusion between his campaign team and Russia.
After two years of investigation, he found did not have enough evidence of a conspiracy 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 said he was unable to clear him of suspicions of obstruction to Justice. The Justice Secretary at the time, Republican Bill Barr, however, did not judge necessary to pursue it.