Who is Jack Smith, the special counsel investigating Donald Trump?
Previously serving as the head prosecutor for the special court in The Hague, where he looked into war crimes committed during the Kosovo War, Jack Smith, the recently appointed special counsel in the Trump investigations, most recently held that position.
Prior to The Hague, Smith worked as the nation’s largest non-governmental healthcare provider, Hospital Corporation of America, vice president of litigation.
As an assistant district attorney with the New York County District Attorney’s Office, Smith started his career as a prosecutor in 1994. According to a biography provided by the Justice Department, he was appointed an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York in 1999 and served there for nine years, prosecuting crimes such as gang-related killings of police officers and civil rights violations.
Smith managed war crimes inquiries while employed by the International Criminal Court from 2008 to 2010.
In 2010, Smith made a comeback to the Justice Department, where he served as the section’s chief and was in charge of managing inquiries into electoral fraud and public corruption. Before taking on the role of acting US attorney, he worked as the Middle District of Tennessee’s first assistant US attorney in 2015.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Friday that Smith will leave his position at The Hague and come back to the United States, where he would start serving as special counsel right away.