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Merrick Garland Considering Special Prosecutor To Investigate Trump: Report

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U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland is reportedly considering naming a special prosecutor to investigate Donald Trump as to insulate the Department of Justice as the former president makes an expected 2024 comeback attempt, CNN’s senior justice correspondent Evan Perez reported Thursday.

“These are conversations they are having behind the scenes because, obviously, the possibility that the former president announces his candidacy for office again is real and is coming most likely after the election,” Perez told CNN host Erin Burnett.

“And so one of the issues for the Justice Department is the prospect of having a department that answers to Tump’s potential rival in 2024 doing an investigation of a sitting candidate, an ongoing candidate,” he explained.

“And so, one of the ideas is, does a special counsel insulate the department from political criticism,” he explained.

As noted by CNN, “Trump and his associates also face legal exposure in Georgia, where Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election in the Peach State and expects to wrap her probe by the end of the year.”

The news comes as many in Trump’s inner circle said they expect the former president to “announce soon” a third White House bid.