Trump says he’s ‘not going to partake’ in the special counsel investigation

Former President Donald Trump has told Fox News Digital that he is “not going to partake” in the newly-launched special counsel investigation. 

“I am not going to partake in it. I’m not going to partake in this,” Trump said.

Background

On Friday, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that he has appointed a special counsel to investigate Trump.

Garland has specifically chosen Department of Justice (DOJ) official Jack Smith to lead the investigation.

It appears that the investigation will focus on two things: the ongoing documents dispute between Trump and the DOJ, which saw the unprecedented FBI raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, and the allegation that Trump and his associates interfered with the peaceful transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election.

Garland claims that he has decided to launch this investigation because it is in the “public interest,” considering that Trump has now announced his 2024 bid for the U.S. presidency.

But, many – including the former president – see this as the continuation of the political left’s targeting of Trump.

“It is so political”

Trump has blasted Garland’s appointment of a special council on social media, in interviews, and even with a special statement that he released from Mar-a-Lago on Friday.

Trump told Fox:

I have never heard of such a thing. They found nothing. I announce [my bid for the presidency] and then they appoint a special prosecutor. They found nothing, and now they take some guy who hates Trump. This is a disgrace and only happening because I am leading in every poll in both parties. It is not even believable that they’re allowed to do this. This is the worst politicization of justice in our country.

It is because of this politicization of the DOJ that Trump said he is not going to participate in the special counsel investigation.

Trump said:

I have been going through this for six years – for six years I have been going through this – and I am not going to go through it anymore, and I hope the Republicans have the courage to fight this. I have been proven innocent for six years on everything — from fake impeachments to [former special counsel Robert] Mueller who found no collusion, and now I have to do it more?

The former president added, “It is not acceptable. It is so unfair. It is so political.”

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