“It’s Probably Bad For Former President Trump”: DOJ Doesn’t Appear To Be F—King

last month we learned He Donald TrumpU.S. attorneys are “planning criminal charges” from the Justice Department, an effort that emerged in the wake of the former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson‘s harmful testimony “Not doing so would be career misconduct,” a source familiar with the matter told the January 6 committee. Rolling stone. “Do [former] Do President’s Lawyers Believe Everything Cassidy Said? No… Does he think the Justice Department would be wise to accuse him? No, but we’ve reached a point where if you don’t think criminal charges are at least somewhat possible, you’re not serving [former] The best interests of the President. And while it’s possible the DOJ may refuse to indict the former man, recent developments suggest he may not be as lucky.

ABC News on Tuesday informed of That in a “dramatic escalation in the Justice Department’s investigation” of a conspiracy to reverse the 2020 election and the violent insurgency that followed, the department had summoned Pat Cipollone, White House lawyers during the Trump administration. In addition to being the highest-ranking member of the White House staff called by the Fed to testify to date, Cipollone was in the West Wing while Trump supporters were involved in “Stop the Steel” by the then-Commander in Chief. “Rally, attacked the Capitol. As new York Times notesCipollone “also attended several meetings prior to the riot in which Mr. Trump and his aides discussed how they could reverse the election and keep him in office.” In a pre-taped recording aired during Summer’s final January 6 hearing, Cipollone told the panel that he believed the president should have done more to quell the angry crowd. “I think I was very clear that there is a need for an immediate and forceful response, statement, public statement, that people need to leave the Capitol now,” he said. Cipollone was also aware of Trump’s desire to seize the voting machine, which he relaxed me “A terrible idea for the country,” “that’s not how we operate in the United States,” and something the administration had “no legal authority” to do. Trump’s tweet attacked mike pence As the violence unfolded and members of the Secret Service thought they were about to lose their livesCipollone told the panel:

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Responding to the news of the Cipollone summons, Rep. Adam Kizinger, One of the two Republicans on the January 6 panel told CNN it was not looking good for Trump. He couple: “We will see where this leads, but there is no doubt that this investigation has gone even further than where we knew or thought it was a few months ago.”

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CNN on Thursday informed of That Trump’s legal team is “in direct communication with Justice Department officials,” with conversations “mostly focused on whether any communications Trump made with the former West Wing president would be considered a ground for Trump’s claims.” Can be placed from a federal criminal grand jury. Of executive privilege.” Take, for example, his conversation with Cipollone. Sources told CNN that Trump’s lawyers have warned him that criminal charges are possible, echoing Rolling stonereporting.

The increase in the DOJ’s investigation came just a week after revealed He mark short And Greg Jacob, Mike Pence had two former top aides Interview An investigation by a grand jury into conspiracy to overturn the election and the attack on the Capitol. In addition to being able to speak when Pence’s life was in danger on January 6-Short was at the Capitol that day with VPThe former Chief of Staff was also present at the Oval Office meeting on January 4, 2021, during which the Attorney John Eastman Pressure The VP either suspends the Electoral College vote counting and asks interested state legislatures to re-check their results, or simply reject Joe BidenOutright victory. It was during that meeting that Eastman reportedly admitted that he knew such ideas were illegal, but Pence said the president was listening, to go along with him anyway. Pence’s chief legal adviser, Jacob, was also in that meeting. In March, a federal judge wrote that Eastman and Trump were very likely to commit crimes in attempting to reverse the election, and that “the illegality of the plan was clear.”

In other news re: Trump’s legal woes, his allies in Georgia Allegedly “Campaign to Recall Fulton County District Attorney” fani willis On his investigation into the then-president’s attempts to reverse the results of the 2020 election. While acknowledging that the chances of a successful recall are slim, a source familiar with the effort told Yahoo News that it is beside the point, as Michael Isikoff writes, “It aims to use the recall campaign as a way to politically harm the Democratic District Attorney, portraying him as a partisan actor who is increasingly in Atlanta to target high-profile Republicans.” Ignoring crime rates.” “A side benefit of that game plan, another source familiar with the campaign said, should potentially affect a jury pool down the road, should Trump be prosecuted,” Isikoff says. In other words, they are afraid without being afraid.

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