The U.S. Department of Justice has opened a formal investigation into former President Donald Trump for purportedly attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
DOJ prosecutors are probing “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,” The Washington Post reported.
“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 Post said.
“Prosecutors who are questioning witnesses before a grand jury — including two top aides to Vice President Mike Pence — 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 two people familiar with the matter. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation,” the Post added.
“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 and sending electors back to the states, the people said,” the report added. “Some of the questions focused directly on the extent of Trump’s involvement in the fake-elector effort led by his outside lawyers, including John Eastman and Rudy Giuliani, these people said.”
As reported earlier, the partisan January 6 committee has utterly failed to show that former President Donald Trump was in any responsible for the massive security failure that led to protesters overwhelming the Capitol building during the convening of the Electoral College.
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In the Inspector General’s report on the Department of Defense’s response to the Capitol riots, there is a passage that fundamentally undercuts everything the partisan January 6 committee has been claiming about Donald Trump’s role in the purported ‘insurrection.’
“Mr. Miller and GEN Milley met with the President at the White House at 5:30 p.m,” the IG report states. “The primary topic they discussed was unrelated to the scheduled rally. GEN Milley told us that at the end of the meeting, the President told Mr. Miller that there would be a large number of protestors on January 6, 2021, and Mr. Miller should ensure sufficient National Guard or Soldiers would be there to make sure it was a safe event. Gen Milley told us that Mr. Miller responded, ‘We’ve got a plan and we’ve got it covered’.”
They had a “plan,” but it apparently wasn’t securing the capitol against protesters and far-right extremists. The Capitol Police’s aiding-and-abetting of the protesters by opening doors and removing barricades, while merely observing the purported existential threat to the Congress, also appears to have been part of the “plan.” None of these Capitol Police officers have been held fully accountable.
The memo was brought back to light by John Solomon of Just the News on Friday, in light of the House Democrats ending their January 6 show trial on Thursday night.
Beyond the memo showing the president’s desire for a “safe event” was perfectly clear, even though the commander-in-chief was evidently ignored by the Pentagon brass, Trump himself had repeatedly stated his desire for “peace” on January 6.
The Unselect Committee wants you to ignore all the times President Trump condemned violence and called for peace on January 6th.
"We have to have PEACE."
"remain peaceful. No violence!"
"Peacefully and patriotically."
"Stay peaceful." pic.twitter.com/awdxOsHBWx
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) July 22, 2022
The Pentagon also placed limits on the National Guard’s ability to mobilize and prepare for the riots, the Washington Post reported.
President Trump had informally requested that 10,000 National Guard troops be at the capitol.
“Former President Trump told Fox News… that he expressed concern over the crowd size near the Capitol days before last month’s deadly riots and personally requested 10,000 National Guard troops be deployed in response,” Fox News reported.
The president’s expressed concern is confirmed by the verification of the Pentagon memo by the Inspector General.
Any presidential candidate has the constitutional right to challenge the results of an election in court, including Donald Trump. The Democratic Party challenged presidential elections in 2001, 2005, and 2017.