Donald Trump is being investigated by the Justice Department as part of a criminal investigation seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, according to a report.
Prosecutors have asked witnesses to testify before a grand jury in recent days about conversations with the former president, his attorneys and other close advisers about “fake electors.” follow Washington Posts.
Attorneys for the Department of Justice asked “hours of detailed questions about meetings that Mr. Trump led in December 2020 and January 2021; his pressure campaign to overturn the election; and what did he instruct his lawyers and advisers about spoofing electors and sending electors back to the states,” two sources told the newspaper Tuesday.
Unnamed sources told the newspaper that some of the questions centered on Mr. Trump’s direct role in the “fake electorate” scheme, led by Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman.
Prosecutors in April received phone records of top Trump White House officials, including his then chief of staff Mark Meadows, parcel reported.
“The Washington Post and other news organizations previously wrote that the Justice Department was examining the conduct of Eastman, Giuliani and others in Trump’s orbit. But the extent of prosecutors’ interest in Trump’s actions was not previously reported, nor was there a review of the phone records of senior Trump aides,” the newspaper stated. .
Two individuals familiar with the investigation told the paper that there are two “key signs of the investigation that could ultimately lead to additional scrutiny by Trump.”
Sources told the newspaper that the first included ambitious plots and plots to obstruct the government’s progress, the type of charges that were filed against the leaders of the Oath-Keepers and the Guys. Proud boys who didn’t enter the Capitol on January 6 but helped plan what happened. there.
The parcel says the latter, which may include fraud may have something to do with a “fake electorate” scheme or pressure on the DoJ by Trump and his allies to make false claims about election fraud .
It happened on the same day that Attorney General Merrick Garland told NBC Nightly News that the DoJ planned to prosecute anyone “criminally responsible for interfering with the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another”.
“Look, the Department of Justice has been conducting the most extensive investigation in its history,” he said.
“And the commission is also conducting a wide-ranging investigation. It is inevitable that there will be things they find before we find them. And it’s inevitable that there will be things we find that they haven’t found yet. That’s what happens when you have two large-scale investigations going on at the same time.”
Mr Garland gave a rare interview about an ongoing investigation after being the target of leftist outrage over its speed and being accused on Twitter of being slow for a year. vote.
But in recent days, former vice president Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and his attorney, Greg Jacob, have both appeared before a grand jury in Washington DC.
Mr. Trump was also in Washington on Tuesday, giving his first speech there since leaving the White House for Florida in January 2021.
In a speech to the First America Policy Institute, Trump announced he had ordered the Secret Service to clean up homeless shelters in Washington DC.