Although the Special Counsel will not be subject to the day-to-day supervision of any official of the Department, he must comply with the regulations, procedures, and policies of the Department. I will ensure that the Special Counsel receives the resources to conduct this work quickly and completely. Given the work done to date and Mr. Smith’s prosecutorial experience, I am confident that this appointment will not slow the completion of these investigations. The men and women who are pursuing these investigations are conducting themselves in accordance with the highest standards of professionalism. I could not be prouder of them. I strongly believe that the normal processes of this Department can handle all investigations with integrity. And I also believe that appointing a Special Counsel at this time is the right thing to do. The extraordinary circumstances presented here demand it. Mr. Smith is the right choice to complete these matters in an even-handed and urgent manner.

“I intend to conduct the assigned investigations and any prosecutions that may result from them independently and in the best traditions of the DOJ. The pace of the investigations will not pause or flag under my watch,” Smith said in a statement released after the DOJ’s announcement. “I will exercise independent judgment and will move the investigation forward expeditiously and thoroughly to whatever outcome the law dictates.”

And in probably not other news, ABC’s Ali Dukakis reports that there are three brand new grand juries in DC ready and willing to devote their attention to anything a prosecutor might be about to throw their way.

Tired: Mueller is coming. Wired: Hope this Smith guy knows what he’s doing and doesn’t pull a Durham.

DOJ Press Release
Garland names Jack Smith special counsel for Trump criminal probes [Politico]

Liz Dye lives in Baltimore where she writes about law and politics.