An irate Donald Trump told UKTN News on Friday about appointing a special counsel to investigate his activities.
The former president vowed he “will not participate” in any investigation conducted by the special counsel and condemned the appointment as “the worst politicization of justice in our country”.
Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday appointed special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation of classified documents stashed from the White House at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence at the end of Trump’s term .
The special counsel — former Justice Department official Jack Smith — will also oversee the ongoing investigation into Trump’s role in the January 6 uprising and efforts to release the results of the presidential election.
“I’ve been going through this for six years… and I’m not going to go through it again,” the former president told UKTN News Digital, citing several investigations.
“I hope the Republicans have the courage to fight this,” added Trump, who just announced on Tuesday that he is launching another bid for the presidency.
He falsely claimed that he had been found innocent “of everything” in all investigations over the past six years.
The naming of the special counsel is “unacceptable,” Trump added. “It’s so unfair. It’s so political.”
He vowed, “I am not going to take part in it. I’m not going to participate in this.”
Trump insisted, “I have never heard of anything like this… They found nothing, and now they are taking a man who hates Trump. This is a disgrace and only happens because I am leading in every poll from both parties.”
He is not leading in every poll in either party.
“It’s unbelievable that they’re even allowed to do this,” Trump added. “This is the worst politicization of justice in our country.”
Several sources have said that a major motive behind Trump’s announcement that he is running for the GOP presidential nomination was to evade federal charges. He reportedly expected officials to be reluctant to press charges against a presidential candidate. But that turns out not to be a surefire strategy.
The newly appointed special counsel is a former assistant U.S. attorney and former chief of the Justice Department’s public integrity section. Since 2018, Smith has been a prosecutor at the International Criminal Court investigating war crimes in Kosovo.
Read more of his comments here.