The US Attorney General on Friday appointed a prosecutor to independently investigate the former US president, three days after he announced his intention to run again in 2024.

Former US President Donald Trump after a press conference at his residence in Mar-a-Lago (Florida), November 15, 2022. (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Jack Smith’s work will be scrutinized. Barely appointed by the US Department of Justice to independently investigate Donald Trump, this expert war crimes prosecutor has already been questioned by the former President of the United States. Donald Trump said Friday, November 18, that this special prosecutor “is not going to investigate impartially”.

“This terrible abuse of power is the latest in a long series of witch hunts that began a long time ago.”

“I’ve had these investigations, this comedy and these scams since the day I got off the escalator at Trump Tower,” the billionaire blasted. “We cannot allow this horrific abuse to continue,” he added.

It is, however, to prevent such allegations that Merrick Garland judged “in the public interest” to appoint this prosecutor to take over two investigations carried out for months by the American justice system. The Attorney General has acknowledged Donald Trump’s decision to seek re-election and Democratic President Joe Biden’s intention to do the same.

In a statement, prosecutor Jack Smith promised to act “quickly”, “independently” and “thoroughly”.