Federal prosecutors review Trump officials’ phone records and question witnesses as DOJ’s Jan. 6 probe zeroes in on ex-president: report

Donald Trump arrives to address a rally in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.Jacqueline Martin/AP

  • The DOJ is investigating Donald Trump as part of its investigation on January 6. The Washington Post Reported

  • Prosecutors have reportedly asked witnesses about Trump’s conversations and meetings.

  • Attorney General Merrick Garland said this week that he has not ruled out indicting Trump.

The Justice Department’s criminal investigation into the Jan. 6 attack is increasingly focused on former President Donald Trump’s conduct in efforts to overturn the 2020 election. The Washington Post.

Prosecutors have zeroed in on the former president’s conduct after damaging President Joe Biden, as well as the extent to which Trump was involved in his actions. Attempts by outside advocates to change certified voters. States that Biden won with Trump supporters, the outlet reported.

Two people familiar with the matter told the newspaper’s investigators that before a grand jury asked recent witnesses about conversations with Trump, his lawyers and his allies. Prosecutors have questioned the former president about meetings held in December 2020 and January 2021. of that Trying to convince Vice President Mike Pence non-verification of election results; And the level at which Trump is involved in his lawyers Fake election scheme

In interviews with two senior Pence aides this month, investigators inquired about their knowledge of Trump’s actions, The Post reported. Former Pence Chief of Staff Mark Short testified before a grand jury last week. Another aide, Greg Jacobs, was also recently ousted.

The Justice Department investigation — separate from the House Select Committee investigation that began on Jan. 6 — has been closing in on Trump for months, according to The Post, which reported that federal investigators in April called on top Trump administration officials and obtained phone records of aides, including former chief of staff Mark Meadows.

The Department of Justice has Faced with growing criticism For its slow-moving investigations, especially as a congressional committee The televised hearings have sparked renewed public interest. In recent weeks in rebellion.

But this week Attorney General Merrick Garland defended his department’s pace, saying the prosecution was proceeding “immediately from the beginning.”

“The reason for this speculation and uncertainty is that it is a fundamental principle that what we do as prosecutors and investigators is to be kept out of the public eye,” Garland said. NBC News.

A federal investigation, unlike a House panel, has the power to initiate a criminal investigation or issue a federal indictment as a result of its findings. As part of its inquiry, the DOJ has already More than 880 people were charged. Involved in the siege of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

No former president has ever been charged with a crime in American history. But Garland suggested this week that he has not ruled out indicting Trump. for his role in the attack.

“We pursue justice without fear or favour. We call everyone, whoever was criminally responsible for the events around January 6, to any interference in the lawful transfer of power from one administration to another.” Also for the effort, we intend to hold them accountable, that’s what we do,” the Attorney General said. “We don’t pay any attention to other issues regarding this.”

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