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DOJ Requests Testimony From Pence As Part Of Its Criminal Investigation Of Trump: Report

The Justice Department has contacted former Vice President Mike Pence and his legal team requesting Pence’s witness testimony as part of the ongoing criminal investigation of disgraced ex-president Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election so he could remain in power.

According to The New York Times, “Thomas Windom, one of the lead investigators examining the efforts to overturn the election, reached out to Mr. Pence’s team in the weeks before Attorney General Merrick B. Garland appointed a special counsel on Friday.”

Garland appointed Jack Smith as special counsel to oversee the DOJ’s investigations regarding January 6, 2021 and his hoarding of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago in violation of federal law.

The Times notes:

“Mr. Pence, according to people familiar with his thinking, is open to considering the request, recognizing that the Justice Department’s criminal investigation is different from the inquiry by the House Jan. 6 committee, whose overtures he has flatly rejected.”

While the Justice Department has reached out to Pence’s attorneys, the report adds, “the discussions about questioning Mr. Pence are said to be in their early stages. Mr. Pence has not been subpoenaed, and the process could take months, because Mr. Trump can seek to block, or slow, his testimony by trying to invoke executive privilege.”

Pence could prove to be very important as the DOJ continues to weigh what actions it will take against Trump. Multiple federal grand juries are currently sitting to investigate both Jan. 6 and the classified document matter. Those could result in indictments against the former president for charges ranging from seditious conspiracy and violations of the Espionage Act.

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Jim Jordan’s 1,050-Page ‘Report’ On The DOJ Gets A Brutal Fact Check From The Washington Post

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee (led by Ohio’s Jim Jordan) told the media on Friday that they would be releasing a “1000-page report” documenting the alleged politicization of the Justice Department and FBI.

And yet, when the report came out and was examined by Philip Bump of The Washington Post, it soon became clear that Jordan had just dumped a massive nothing burger that was little more than attachments, letters, and other worthless information that has been public knowledge for months.

News broke early Friday: The Republican minority on the House Judiciary Committee was releasing a “1,000 Page Report” on alleged politicization of the FBI and the Justice Department. The length was mentioned in the group’s tweet and in its press release, reinforcing the heft that 1,000 pages of documentation would obviously convey.

There’s just one problem with this assertion: The report itself was less than 50 pages. Most of the rest of the document was letters sent by the minority members of the committee to various people. In fact, there were more than 1,000 pages of material that wasn’t the report itself, instead mostly those letters.

Included were pages with nothing but signatures on the letters: There were more than seven times as many pages that had nothing of substance on them except signatures than there were pages in the report.

Letters. Signatures. A 50-page missive that had been hyped as a giant tome that would blow the lid off the DOJ.

As Bump notes, the entire thing was laughable and suggests just how desperately Republicans are clutching at straws in the final days before next week’s midterm election.

Here’s a graph breaking down what was in the ballyhooed report:

Impressive, huh? A lot of fluff and not much actual content.

And a quick fact-check by The Post also put a serious dent in the report’s credibility.

This is an intentional tactic, of course. Conservative media outlets like the Daily Caller (“ ‘Rotted At Its Core’: House Judiciary GOP Releases Massive 1,000-Page Report On Alleged FBI Misconduct”) and Fox News (“House Republicans release 1,000-page report alleging politicization in the FBI, DOJ”) included the purported length of the document in their article headlines. The idea is that the Judiciary Republicans either have 1,000 pages of analysis to share with the country or, at least, 1,000 pages of evidence to bolster their claims. At most, they have about two dozen.

So what exactly did we learn Friday as a result of Jim Jordan’s pathetic bid for attention and relevance? That the GOP is running (yet again) on lies and misinformation. It’s all they have.

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DOJ Prosecutors Have Enough Evidence To Charge Trump In  Classified Documents Case: Report

Prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice believe they now have enough evidence to charge former president Donald Trump with obstruction of justice, but are likely waiting to see what other crimes they can prove the ex-president committed before the seek an indictment, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The team that’s part of the classified records probe has not yet made a formal recommendation to Attorney General Merrick Garland, who would ultimately approve or reject such a move, according to people familiar with the matter. It’s also unlikely officials would bring only obstruction charges amid several other Trump investigations into potential crimes, the people said.

In addition, while some Federal Bureau of Investigation agents oppose bringing such a politically charged case as Trump considers a 2024 presidential bid, others support action, said the people, who asked for anonymity to discuss information not yet public. Agents, however, don’t make the final decisions.

Frank Figliuzzi, former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence, says an obstruction charge against Trump is by far the easiest to prove:

“Of all the things Trump is being investigated for around the country, obstruction of justice is a slam dunk and I think he’s going to be indicted. I don’t see why a charge of obstruction of justice couldn’t be filed by the end of the year.”

But the DOJ needs to be careful and follow law and precedent, according to  David Laufman, former chief of the Justice Department team now conducting the records probe:

“This just happens to be occurring in the hot-house environment of a politically sensational case involving the former president of the United States, but the nuts and bolts of it are the same. In a case like this, you want a case to be as bullet proof as possible.”

However, it seems unlikely that Attorney General Merrick Garland will make any decisions on charging Trump until after the midterm elections, and possibly not before Christmas.

Trump could also be charged with violations of the Espionage Act for his mishandling and theft of classified government documents. If convicted under that statute, the former president could be sentenced to 10 years on each count, which would be a death sentence for a 76-year-old man who is already in supect health and has a history of mental incapacitation in his immediate family. His father, Fred, died as a result of Alzheimer’s disease in 1999 at the age of 93.

 

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DOJ Has Evidence Against Trump In Document Heist Case It Has Yet To Unseal: Court Filing

The Justice Department has more evidence against failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump that it has not yet unsealed and could be what sends him to prison for espionage and other crimes, according to a court filing made Friday in a federal appeals court, according to The New York Times.

In a 53-page brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, the Justice Department broadly challenged the legal legitimacy of orders last month by Judge Aileen M. Cannon, who blocked investigators from using the materials and appointed an independent arbiter to sift them for any that are potentially privileged or Mr. Trump’s personal property. The Justice Department already succeeded in persuading a panel of the Atlanta-based court to exempt about 100 documents marked classified from Judge Cannon’s move — a decision the Supreme Court declined to overturn this week.

The brief also addresses the issue of evidence the DOJ has not yet unsealed.

“Here and before the district court, the government has referred to evidence developed in its investigation to inform the courts of the relevant facts,” DOJ wrote. “Where possible, the government refers to portions of the affidavit accompanying its search warrant application that have been unsealed or to other information in the public record.

“Of necessity, however, the government cannot publicly disclose all the sources of its evidence, particularly while the investigation remains ongoing.”

What could the additional evidence be? Potentially, statements from witnesses who may have seen the former president hiding or moving classified documents from one location to another, which could also mean that the DOJ is already planning to serve more search warrants at other Trump properties. The FBI could also have Trump and other figures under audio and video surveillance to determine what he may be doing with any materials still in his possession.

The very fact that the Justice Department has to keep some evidence under wraps suggests that it must be explosive and could wind up serving as the foundation of a legal case against Trump.

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Here’s Who Is Facing A Criminal Referral To The DOJ After Today’s Jan. 6 Hearing

In addition to the subpoena issued today for ex-president Donald Trump by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the names of several Trump associates were featured prominently.

CNN host Jake Tapper noted after the committee voted unanimously to subpoena Trump:

“And there you have it, a moment in history. Nine aye votes, zero no votes. The committee has now just decided unanimously to subpoena Donald J. Trump for both testimony and documents relating to the attempt to overturn the election. It is a theatrical display in a way. they could have just announced it in a press release, but they wanted this moment recorded before everyone in history.”

That led CNN special correspondent Jamie Gangel to list who else is now criminally exposed as a result of what has been laid out by the Jan. 6 committee, and it reads like a rogue’s gallery of Trump sycophants:

“What we saw here today was Liz Cheney really lay out Donald Trump — and I use the word coconspirators: Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, John Eastman, Jeff Clark, Steve Bannon, Peter Navarro, and Mark Meadows, the former chief of staff who’s refused to testify.

“That’s what they have been leading to, but over and over again today, we heard the most important thing: all roads lead to Donald Trump. These people were in effect, she’s saying, doing his bidding.”

Stone has already been convicted and pardoned by Trump. Bannon was found guilty of contempt of Congress and will be sentenced on that conviction next month. Michael Flynn was also pardoned in the final days of the Trump administration. Eastman, Clark, Navarro, and Meadows have not yet been charged, but that could be changing soon if the committee refers them for prosecution. And they won’t be getting a pardon from President Joe Biden, so they can rot in jail the way they should.