Garland to Name Special Counsel to Determine Whether Trump Should Face Charges
Updated Nov. 18, 2022
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel on Friday to oversee Justice Department investigations into former President Donald Trump, according to people familiar with the matter.
The special counsel will assess whether criminal charges are merited in connection with the handling of classified documents at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and oversee key aspects of the sprawling Justice Department investigation into efforts by Mr. Trump and his allies to overturn his 2020 election loss, according to a senior Justice Department official.
A formal announcement, which is expected by Friday afternoon, would come three days after Mr. Trump announced another bid for the presidency and would mark the naming of the third independent prosecutor in five years to examine issues involving Mr. Trump.