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US attorney general names special counsel to oversee charges against Trump

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US Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special prosecutor to oversee criminal investigations related to former President Donald Trump on Friday.

Jack Smith, a former war crimes prosecutor, was named special counsel. Smith will lead investigations into how Donald Trump handled classified documents and his alleged role in the Capitol riot in 2021.

He will decide whether the former President will face criminal charges. The appointment of the veteran prosecutor comes just three days after Trump formally launched his 2024 presidential candidacy.

Special counsels are semi-independent prosecutors who can be hired for high-profile investigations when there are conflicts of interest.

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