“Real Time” host Bill Maher poked some fun at the DOJ investigation probing former President Trump’s possible criminal wrongdoing at the expense of Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Garland announced Friday that she appointed former Justice Department official Jack Smith to serve as special counsel to oversee an investigation probing Trump’s actions following the 2020 presidential election. by federal agents at Mar-a-Lago.
The attorney general cited recent developments in the investigation as well as the former president’s formal entry into the 2024 presidential race as reasons for the appointment.
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Kicking off the panel discussion on his final show of the year, Maher addressed “breaking news”.
“I think he did it on Friday maybe because he was scared? I don’t know,” Maher began. “He spent two years wondering whether he should hire a special counsel or what he should do about Donald Trump being a criminal.”
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“And now he’s made up his mind. He’s going to give it to someone else to do it,” Maher said with a laugh before noting the two investigations, one being “that little thing” Trump could do to win the 2020 election. By trying to overturn and insert classified documents. “In the shed next to the crochet equipment.”
After highlighting Special Counsel Smith’s resume, Maher emphasized “It doesn’t matter who, it doesn’t matter how, it doesn’t matter when, the authority is just to say That it’s political.”
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CNN anchor Laura Coates agreed with the appointment of the special counsel, noting the prominent mistrust of the institutions and “if you can do one thing to undermine the argument that this is all politics, why not try Caste?”
“You have to,” agreed Maher. “He can’t let a man get away with it! That’s a great example! I know there are bad sides to doing that.”
Maher later complained about how the DOJ did not act to press charges against former President Trump “right after January 6th” instead of waiting nearly two years.
“I did ‘What the f— going on?’ If only we had a Department of Justice that could do something, some sort of Justice Department,” quipped Maher.
Trump condemned the appointment of the special counsel, telling Fox News that he would “not participate in it” and calling it the “worst politicization of justice in our country,” urging the Republican Party to act.
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“I’m going through this six years – for six years In an exclusive interview on Friday shortly after the announcement, Trump told Fox News Digital, “I’m going through this and I’m not going to go through it anymore.”
“I’ve been proven innocent for six years on everything from fake impeachment [former special counsel Robert] Mueller found no collusion, and now I have to do more?” Trump said. “That’s not acceptable. it’s so unfair. It’s too political.”
Fox News’ Brooke Syngman contributed to this report.