November 18 2022

Reaction to AG Garland's Appointment of A Special Counsel

The endless hoax investigations into President Donald Trump will continue with Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement Friday of a special counsel to investigate the leading Republican presidential candidate.

The reaction from legal commentators to Jack Smith’s appointment as special counsel was swift. 

Mike Davis, president of the Article III Project and former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, tweeted, “By appointing a special counsel to investigate his boss’s political enemy, Attorney General Merrick Garland continues to politicize and weaponize the Biden Justice Department — all while Garland ignores smoking-gun evidence of Biden’s foreign corruption.”

"Jack Smith is well known and liked in leftist circles because of his role in the IRS scandal, working with Lois Lerner to illicitly target conservative groups," Mike Howell, director of the Heritage Foundation's Oversight Project and former attorney for the House Oversight Committee, wrote. Congressman Darrell Issa and Jim Jordan wrote in a 2014 letter that Jack Smith "was closely involved in engaging with the IRS in wake of Citizens United and political pressure from prominent Democrats to address perceived problems with the decision."

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, tweeted, “There is no good-faith basis for any of the DOJ  ‘investigations’ of Trump, let alone a special counsel.”

Former U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman said on Fox News: “You have to ask yourself, how do you under this criteria appoint this special prosecutor, and not have done it in the Biden situation? Where you have an insider on a conspiracy involving Hunter Biden, and funds funneling to the ‘Big Guy.’ How do you not appoint it in that circumstance, and you do here?”

Will Chamberlain, senior counsel at the Article III Project, said the appointment is “insane and stupid.”

Jenna Ellis, constitutional law attorney, wrote, "This whole special counsel line is just so tired. Why? Only to pretend there is still some possibility to ‘get Trump.’”

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