Former President Donald Trump has responded after Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to determine if he should face criminal charges in the Justice Department’s investigations into him.
“The Department of Justice has long recognized that in certain extraordinary cases, it is in the public’s interest to appoint a special prosecutor to independently manage an investigation and prosecution,” Garland said.
he added Trump’s presidential announcement meant appointing a special counsel is “in the public interest.”
Merrick Garland appointed Jack Smith, a war crimes prosecutor at The Hague to investigate Trump’s alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack and the documents seized in August from Trump’s home.
In an interview with Fox News, Trump slammed the DOJ as politicized and vowed not to “partake” in the investigation.
“I have been going through this for six years — for six years I have been going through this, and I am not going to go through it anymore,” Trump told Fox News Digital shortly after the announcement. “And I hope the Republicans have the courage to fight this.”
“I have been proven innocent for six years on everything — from fake impeachments to [former special counsel Robert] Mueller who found no collusion, and now I have to do it more?” Trump said. “It is not acceptable. It is so unfair. It is so political.”
“I am not going to partake in it,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “I’m not going to partake in this.”
Trump, who announced his 2024 presidential campaign on Tuesday, said it is “not even believable.”
“I have never heard of such a thing. They found nothing. I announce and then they appoint a special prosecutor,” he said. “They found nothing, and now they take some guy who hates Trump. This is a disgrace and only happening because I am leading in every poll in both parties.”
He also suggested the department use resources to investigate President Joe Biden’s son instead.
“Hunter Biden is a criminal many times over and nothing happens to him,” Trump said. “Joe Biden is a criminal many times over — and nothing happens to them.
“It is unfair to the country, to the Republican Party, and I don’t think people should accept it. I am not going to accept it,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “The Republican Party has to stand up and fight.”
Biden has repeatedly denied having any knowledge of his son’s business dealings.