The Justice Department is investigating former President Donald Trump’s actions as part of a criminal investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. The Washington Post reported this on Tuesday. the evening
Sources told the newspaper that federal prosecutors have interviewed witnesses before the grand jury and asked them about a conspiracy between Trump, his lawyers and members of his inner circle to replace members of the Electoral College with pro-Trump alternate electors. has asked about states won by President Joe Biden. .
Prosecutors have asked detailed questions about meetings Trump held in December 2020 and January 2021, gathering information about his campaign to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the election results. And what instructions — if any — Trump gave his team about the fake-elector scheme.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday evening that the Justice Department is investigating the actions of former President Donald Trump as part of its criminal investigation on January 6.
Attorney General Merrick Garland did not rule out impeaching former President Donald Trump over his role in the Jan. 6 case in a new interview with Lester Holt that aired Tuesday on NBC Nightly News.
The Post said the scheme was led by Trump campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman, but prosecutors now wanted to know the extent of the former president’s involvement.
Specifically, what Trump asked his allies to do as he sought to overturn the 2020 election results.
While it was previously reported that investigators were looking into the conduct of some in Trump’s inner circle — including Giuliani and Eastman — the Post first reported that DOJ officials said Trump Looking at the steps.
The newspaper also reported that investigators obtained the phone records of Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff.
Two subpoenas obtained by The Post issued to two Arizona state lawmakers accused of impersonating any member, employee, or agent of Donald J. Trump or Donald J. Trump’s 2020 re-election bid. Asked to contact any advocacy organization. Trump, including “Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.”
On Monday, ABC News reported that Pence’s former chief of staff, Mark Short, was seen leaving D.C. District Court on Friday with his lawyer.
Sources told the network that Short testified before a grand jury, compelled by a subpoena, as part of the DOJ investigation.
Additionally, Pence’s attorney, Greg Jacobs, also appeared before a grand jury.
In an interview that aired Tuesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland did not rule out prosecuting Trump.
Garland told NBC’s Lester Holt, ‘We want everyone who was criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6th to be held accountable for any interference with the lawful transfer of power from one administration to another. Want to be held accountable for effort.’ ‘That’s what we do.’
The DOJ investigation is separate from the Jan. 6 investigation by the House Select Committee — which could also lead to criminal referrals to the Justice Department, Rep. Liz Cheney, the top Republican on the panel, said in an interview last month. .
“The Justice Department is conducting the most extensive investigation in its history and the committee is conducting a very extensive investigation,” Garland said on NBC’s Nightly News.
To date, the DOJ’s investigation has resulted in the indictment of more than 840 individuals for their role in the capital attack.
Garland said the DOJ has been “proceeding promptly” since the start of its investigation into the capital riots and surrounding events.
‘It is inevitable in this kind of inquiry that there will be speculation about what we are doing, who we are investigating, what our theories are – the reason for this speculation and uncertainty is that what we There are some basic principles. Prosecutors and investigators have to keep it out of the public eye,’ Garland said.
He said this was done to ‘protect civil liberties’ and ‘ensure the success and integrity of the investigation’.
No former president has ever been charged with any crime in the country’s history.
While former President Richard Nixon resigned over his involvement in the Watergate break-in, President Gerald Ford, who had served as Nixon’s vice president, pardoned him.