Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blasted the Justice Department for appointing a special counsel to oversee the investigations into former President Trump. He added the decision “saddens” him as it is the DOJ’s job to be an “apolitical justice”.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed former Justice Department official Jack Smith to act as special counsel overseeing the criminal investigation into the presidential records found in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Smith is also going to be overseeing the investigation into the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
Pompeo told Fox News Digital that these investigations have taken an incredibly long time, and to now see a special counsel appointed after all this time does not make sense.
Following an unprecedented search warrant issued by the Justice Department, the FBI raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on Aug. 8. Trump and his legal team have maintained that all of the documents found in Trump’s home had been declassified. The Justice Department on the other hand has maintained that Trump unlawfully kept in his possession national defense information in his home.
Pompeo also added that he is generally not a fan of special counsels. He added that if there is to be any prosecution, then it should be the Justice Department that has all of the responsibility. This decision to bring an independent party in is inconsistent with the country’s understanding of executive powers.