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The Department of Justice opened an investigation into former President Donald Trump for allegedly attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 elections. The information was published exclusively by The Washington Post, which assured that it spoke with sources familiar with the matter.
“The Justice Department is investigating President Donald Trump’s actions as part of its criminal probe of efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, according to four people familiar with the matter,” The Washington Post wrote on Twitter.
Breaking news: The Justice Department is investigating President Donald Trump’s actions as part of its criminal probe of efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, according to four people familiar with the matter. https://t.co/mcjN3EhmAO pic.twitter.com/uqIlRgEhcK
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 26, 2022
According to the media outlet, the sources detailed that “prosecutors who are questioning witnesses before a grand jury have asked in recent days about conversations with Trump, his lawyers, and others in his inner circle who sought to substitute Trump allies for certified electors from some states Joe Biden won.”
According to the information, prosecutors would be focusing on asking Trump’s close circle about the instructions he gave his team during the election and after learning the results. “The prosecutors have asked hours of detailed questions about meetings Trump led in December 2020 and January 2021; his pressure campaign on Pence to overturn the election; and what instructions Trump gave his lawyers and advisers about fake electors,” explained the outlet.
Trump investigation in Congress
Several Donald Trump administration officials have testified before Congress in a Jan. 6 select committee investigation. For example, Greg Jacob, a former adviser to Mike Pence, testified that he told Pence that he had no authority to subvert the election. Also testifying before Congress, Marc Short, former chief of staff to the former vice president.
“In a videotaped deposition, which was played Thursday, Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short said Pence advised Trump ‘many times’ that he didn’t have the legal or constitutional authority to overturn the results while presiding over the joint session of Congress on January 6 to count the electoral votes,” CNN reviewed.
For conservatives like Jason Miller, the investigations conducted by Congress would seek a third impeachment of Trump, but would have no legal consequences. In a conversation with El American he assured that these would be actions to manipulate the events that occurred on January 6.
“The Democrats are fundraising from this so, if this were some kind of congressional oversight in some kind of genuine approach, they wouldn’t be fundraising. This is all politics,” Miller said.
Williams Perdomo es periodista y escritor, especializado en las fuentes Política y Cultura.