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AG announces special counsel in Trump investigations

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(NewsNation) — Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel Friday to oversee two separate Justice Department investigations involving former President Donald Trump.

The special counsel will assess whether charges are warranted in connection to the handling of classified documents at Mar-A-Lago and oversee aspects of the DOJ investigation into Trump’s role in the lead up to the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The official announcement Friday afternoon comes just days after Trump formally announced his third consecutive bid for the White House. Watch the announcement live in the player above.

Legal experts told NewsNation this week they expect the investigations to continue despite Trump’s run for office.

This story will continue to be updated. Please check back for updates.

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