Justice Department probes Houses over Trump bid to stay in office, overturns vote: Report

As the Justice Department investigates former President Donald Trump and his efforts to stay in office after losing the 2020 election, prosecutors have questioned witnesses in detail about his behavior and meetings to overturn the election. The Washington Post Reported on Tuesday.

The report, citing people familiar with the DOJ inquiry, said prosecutors have asked detailed questions about meetings that took place in December 2020 and January 2021 after Trump lost the November election. What instructions did he give to his lawyers? As they worked on a plan to use a slate of fake electors instead of Joe Biden winning.

He has also asked about Trump’s efforts to pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence into refusing to certify the results of the 2020 race. Pence did not go along with the plan, which relied heavily on the vice president making false claims that states had issues with certified electoral votes for Biden.

Reports Reflects the expanding scope of the agency’s investigation into the events leading up to and during the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.

Two top aides to former Vice President Mike Pence have spoken to a grand jury convened by the Justice Department in recent days. Mark Short, who served as Pence’s chief of staff for nearly two years, said Monday that he spoke with the body after a subpoena was issued. He was a key witness in the final days of the Trump administration and was in the Oval Office on January 4, 2021, when Trump’s lawyer, John Eastman, tried to persuade Pence to delay certifying the Electoral College vote. The grand jury also spoke with Short’s deputy, Greg Jacob.

The two are the highest-ranking Trump administration officials to cooperate with the investigation so far.

Two top aides to former Vice President Mike Pence recently spoke to a grand jury convened by the Justice Department.

The Post added that Justice Department prosecutors have reviewed the phone records of senior Trump aides, including Mark Meadows, the president’s former chief of staff. The details are based on a series of subpoenas released in recent weeks, including reports that federal agents seized Eastman’s electronic devices and searched the home of former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clarke. had taken

The DOJ investigation could pose renewed legal risk for Trump, as the agency has the power to bring criminal charges against him or others in his orbit. The House Select Committee’s ongoing investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack — a separate effort — has no authority to charge anyone with wrongdoing but has used several public hearings to show the extent of the White House’s role. has been done Inciting riots and Trump’s failure to stop them.

Despite extensive investigations into misconduct, no former US president has been charged with a crime.

However, Attorney General Merrick Garland said on Tuesday that The Justice Department planned to prosecute Any person “is criminally liable for interfering with the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another.”

“We hold everyone criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6th for any attempt to interfere with the lawful transfer of power from one administration to another,” Garland told NBC News. For, intend to hold accountable.” “That’s what we do. We don’t pay attention to other issues regarding this.”

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