Just before the weekend leading into the Thanksgiving holiday week, President Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland announced his plan to name a special counsel to oversee two criminal investigations into former president Donald Trump.

Jack Smith, a longtime Justice Department prosecutor, will “now be tasked with determining whether criminal charges should be filed” against Trump, reports National Review. Criminal charges would surround Trump’s involvement in the events leading up to the January 6 Capitol riots, as well as his alleged mishandling of sensitive government documents.

Garland’s announcement to appoint Smith comes just days after former President Donald Trump announced he will once again run for President in 2024. Smith has an intense background, having served as chief prosecutor for the special court in The Hague since 2018 where he has been investigating war crimes in Kosovo.

Garland said he has “concluded that it is in the public interest” to continue the investigation into Trump if he will seek re-election.

During an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, the attorney general was asked if he would consider prosecuting Trump even if it could “tear the country apart.”

“Look, we pursue justice without fear or favor,” Garland responded. “We intend to hold everyone, anyone who was criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6, for any attempt to interfere with the lawful transfer of power from one administration to another, accountable, that’s what we do.”