According to a source, the Justice Department is looking into Donald Trump as part of its criminal investigation into attempts to tamper with the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
According to The Washington Post, prosecutors have recently questioned witnesses giving testimony before a grand jury about discussions with the former president, his lawyers, and other close aides regarding “fake electors.”
According to two sources who spoke to the newspaper on Tuesday, Justice Department lawyers have spent hours asking “detailed questions about meetings Mr. Trump led in December 2020 and January 2021; his pressure campaign to overturn the election; and what instructions he gave his lawyers and advisers about sending electors back to the states.”
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The anonymous sources told the newspaper that part of the reporters’ questions was on Donald Trump’s direct involvement in the “fake elector” plot, which was orchestrated by Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman. According to the Post, prosecutors acquired the phone records of Mr. Trump’s senior White House aides, including Mark Meadows, in April.
According to the Washington Post and other media outlets, the Justice Department is investigating the conduct of Eastman, Giuliani, and others in Trump’s inner circle.’ Prosecutors’ interest in Trump’s behavior and the investigation of senior Trump aides’ phone records were previously unknown, the newspaper claimed.
The probe has two “main lines that could potentially lead to increased scrutiny of Trump,” according to two sources familiar with the investigation. In the first case, the allegations include seditious conspiracy and conspiracy to hinder government action, similar to those filed against the leaders of the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, who didn’t enter the Capitol on January 6 but were involved in the planning of what transpired there.
Reports state that Trump and his associates may have pressured the DoJ to falsely claim electoral fraud in the second case, which might involve fraud related to the “fake electors” plan.
NBC Nightly News reports that Attorney General Merrick Garland said the DoJ plans to prosecute anybody “criminally culpable for interfering with the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another,” which comes on the same day as this news.
England and Wales will begin broadcasting court sentencing sessions for the first time. This is the Justice Department’s most extensive probe ever, he claimed. “Look at it, “In addition, the committee is conducting a comprehensive probe. There is a good chance that they will discover things before we do.
Inevitably, we will discover stuff they haven’t discovered. Having two broad inquiries underway at the same time has this effect. When Mr. Garland was accused on Twitter of being too slow on an inquiry during an election year, the left pounced, and he gave a rare interview about the investigation.
There have also been recent appearances before the grand jury in DC by Mike Pence’s former chief of staff, Marc Short, and his lawyer, Greg Jacob. While in DC on Tuesday, President Trump gave his first speech since resigning from the White House in January 2021.
According to Mr. Trump’s remarks at the America First Policy Institute, the Secret Service was told to clear homeless encampments in Washington DC.