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New Trump Special Counsel Is Already in a Race Against Time — 2024

  • Jack Smith to oversee the Jan. 6 and Mar-a-Lago investigations
  • Ex-prosecutors expect Smith to move fast as campaigns heat up
Jack Smith

Jack Smith

Source: US Department of Justice

Jack Smith, the new special counsel overseeing two of the Justice Department’s most high-profile and politically sensitive investigations involving former president Donald Trump, is up against a clock. 

Smith’s appointment by Attorney General Merrick Garland indicates there are still big decisions to come -- including whether the evidence supports bringing criminal charges. But the closer it gets to the Republican primaries in early 2024, let alone election day, cries of political interference by Trump and his supporters will only get louder if a federal indictment comes down.