“Why didn’t Merrick Garland request the appointment of a special adviser? »

During an appearance on FNC’s “Jesse Watters Primetime” on Monday following news that the FBI had raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Fla. undisclosed, Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School and constitutional scholar, interviewed Jonathan Turley. why Attorney General Merrick Garland would not have proceeded with a special counsel before giving the go-ahead for the raid.

According to Turley, the potential appearance of politicization would have warranted an impartial investigation, which could have been conducted with special counsel.

“Well, it’s an amazing moment to have a raid like this on a former president and potentially the current president’s future adversary,” he said. “My initial reaction beyond shock is that it is baffling how this raid would play out, but Merrick Garland has decided not to appoint a special counsel. If there is evidence to support a warrant , and apparently a federal judge found this evidence, why didn’t Merrick Garland request the appointment of a special counsel You know, people like Archibald Cox and others are celebrated because we appointed a special advocate to investigate Nixon. Why? It’s because we wanted to assure the American people that an investigation would not be political, would not be influenced in this case by Nixon himself.

“Now here you have the current president’s former adversary and expected future adversary,” Turley continued. “I can’t imagine how Attorney General Garland would view this situation and not see the absolute need for a special advocate. And, instead, they raided that — the former president’s house. And that’s going to trigger the anger you’ve seen before. Now, we don’t know what those charges are. The assumption is that it is related to January 6th. We have seen warrants issued by a grand jury. I expressed my skepticism about the ability to indict the president on the evidence we have seen so far in this committee.

“But, for me, there is a threshold question of who should order these types of raids,” he added. “Merrick Garland has declined to appoint a special advocate for Hunter Biden. He apparently hasn’t named a special advocate in this case so far. I just can’t figure out why.

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