According to a report from Fox News, Joe Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland named a special counsel to “investigate the entirety of the criminal probe into the unlawful retention of national defense information at [45th] President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort,” according to a Fox News report:
The same report noted, “The counsel will also look into key aspects of the Jan. 6 investigation, a senior Justice Department official also told Fox News.”
News of the planned appointment of the special counsel, which was reported by The Wall Street Journal, came three days after Trump announced plans to run for president in 2024. The Republican faces multiple criminal investigations.
NBC News reported that the special counsel, whose name has not been announced, will make decisions for two Department of Justice investigations of Trump.
One is focused on whether Trump broke the law and obstructed justice in connection with his removal of hundreds of documents from the White House, which were shipped to his residence at Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. The other probe is related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by a mob of Trump supporters.
Garland is scheduled to make a public statement at 2:15 p.m. ET Friday.
This is a developing story and will updated when more information is available.