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Bad News For Donald: January 6 Committee Is Now Coordinating With The Justice Department

The news just got considerably worse for failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump because the January 6 House Select Committee is now coordinating with the Justice Department and sharing information that could lead to the ex-president being indicted for his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 election.

Bloomberg reports:

The Congressional Jan. 6 committee said it’s working to get the Justice Department access to transcripts of witness interviews, a day after the Capitol riot prosecution of two Proud Boys was delayed due to lack of access.

“The Select Committee is engaged in a cooperative process to address the needs of the Department of Justice,” its spokesman, Tim Mulvey, in a statement Friday. “We are not inclined to share the details of that publicly. We believe accountability is important and won’t be an obstacle to the department’s prosecution.”

This latest development is, as Ken Dilanian of NBC News reported recently, a logical next step as the DOJ decides who will be charged in connection with the Capitol insurrection:

A person familiar with the matter told NBC News there have been conversations inside the Justice Department about the far-reaching implications of pursuing a case against Trump, should it come to that. So far, no public evidence has surfaced that the former president has become a criminal target. 

What might those implications be? Nationwide civil unrest, for one:

Filing criminal charges against Trump in connection with his efforts to overturn the election “will very likely spark civil unrest, and maybe even civil war,” said Barbara McQuade, an NBC legal analyst and a former U.S. attorney.

But, she said, “I think not charging is even worse, because not charging means you failed to hold someone criminally accountable who tried to subvert our democracy.”

Randall Eliason, a former federal prosecutor and currently a lecturer at George Washington University Law School, said there is already enough evidence to charge Trump as part of a larger conspiracy:

“There are a lot of actions that are being laid out that could qualify as conspiracy to obstruct the certification of the election. This was a multifaceted conspiracy that actually went on for a couple of months.”

Also of concern to federal prosecutors is that charging a former president could open all future U.S. heads of state to retaliatory prosecution when he or she leaves office, and that could endanger the overall stability and security of the United States.

Trump isn’t in the clear yet. What remains to be revealed in future public hearings from the Jan. 6 committee could be tipping point that will convince Justice to make Donald Trump a criminal defendant.

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Trump Facing Fraud Charges After Bilking Supporters Out Of $250 Million For Bogus ‘Election Defense Fund’

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol revealed Monday that failed, one-term former president Donald Trump likely committed yet another crime in connection with his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Senior investigative counsel Amanda Wick noted:

“The Trump campaign knew that these claims of voter fraud were false yet they continued to barrage small-dollar donors with emails encouraging them to donate to something called the ‘Official Election Defense Fund.’ The select committee discovered no such fund existed.”

Committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) also touched on the subject of the bogus defense fund:

“Mr. Chairman, at this time I would ask for unanimous consent to include in the record a video presentation describing how President Trump used the lies he told to raise millions of dollars from the American people. These fund-raising schemes were also part of the effort to disseminate the false claims of election fraud.”

That means Trump and anyone else associated with the fake election defense fund can be charged with wire fraud, according to former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, who explained on MSNBC:

“If [Trump] is using a lie as a false pretense to collect money from people, that could also be a charge of wire fraud, so, in that way, we may have seen an expansion of the potential liability here.”

Wire fraud, it should be noted, is defined as:

Wire fraud occurs when interstate wirings are used in furtherance of a criminal act. In order for a defendant to be convicted under 18 U.S.C. 1343 for committing wire fraud, the follow elements must be satisified: (1) the defendant must have been engaged in a scheme to defraud; (2) the scheme must have involved material misstatements or omissions; (3) the scheme resulted, or would have resulted upon completion, in the loss of money, property, or honest services; (4) the defendant must have used interstate wirings in furtherance of scheme to defraud; and (5) the defendant used or caused the use of interstate wirings.

The crimes allegedly committed by Trump continue to mount.

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Former Impeachment Attorney: Donald Trump Will Be Indicted By The DOJ For His Role In Jan. 6

An attorney who served as co-counsel for the House Judiciary Committee during the first impeachment and trial of President Donald Trump in 2020 says he’s convinced that the Justice Department under Attorney General Merrick Garland will indeed indict failed, one-term former President Donald Trump for the role he played in the January 6 attack on the Capitol and attempt to overturn the results of the last presidential election.

Norm Eisen appeared on Michael Cohen’s “Mea Culpa” podcast, and discussed the upcoming public hearings of the House Select Committee on the January 6 attack, noting that the panel is clearly ready to lay out what they’ve found as a result of their investigation.

With the indictment of former Trump administration trade adviser Peter Navarro having taken place late last week, Eisen told Cohen:

“I do think that Merrick Garland is going to — well there’s already signs that they’re working their way up the ladder.”

What good did it do to indict Navarro for contempt of Congress, Cohen asked Eisen, adding:

“What more do you need? I don’t think the DOJ is any better now than under Trump.”

But Eisen wasn’t buying into Cohen’s cynicism, making a bold prediction about what he sees happening:

“Garland is a man of integrity. I believe that the career prosecutors are investigating these cases are going to take a hard look because the evidence substantiates the existence of federal crimes against Trump or those around him. And if it does, they’re going to make a recommendation. He’s not going to play politics.”

Garland is indeed a man of integrity, and that’s why he’s exactly the sort of attorney general this country needed after the stench left behind at the DOJ by Jeff Sessions and William Barr, both of whom were little more than lapdogs for Trump.

The Jan. 6 committee’s first public hearing — which will be held this Thursday and televised on every network in prime time — should tell us exactly what to expect from Garland and the DOJ, and based on early reporting, the opening night will feature videotaped testimony from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, both of who could sink the twice-impeached ex-president, according to the Washington Post:

The committee also has video recordings of interviews with Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, that some inside the process believe will make for gripping television. Although the committee has not made a final decision, people familiar with the investigation believe the panel will screen footage of testimony from Ivanka Trump and Kushner — including Trump’s account of her father’s actions in the West Wing on Jan. 6.

A source close to the committee told The Post:

“Everybody will pay attention when Jared and Ivanka talk on video.”

Everybody will include the DOJ and the attorney general.

 

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DOJ ‘Closing In’ On Trump And His Attorneys For Criminal Acts Connected To January 6: Report

As the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol prepares to hold public hearings early next month, the Justice Department is starting to close in on attorneys who represented former President Donald Trump in his legal attempts to overturn the 2020 election, which is also bringing them closer to possibly charging the ex-president with federal crimes.

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner noted Wednesday that a report from the New York Times “makes it pretty clear that justice is beginning to squeeze Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Jenna Ellis and yes, Kenneth Chesebro.”

The Times reported that a federal grand jury has been issuing subpoenas for anyone linked to the “alternate elector plan.” The subject of those under investigation, according to the Times, are the four pro-Trump attorneys Kirschner also identified in a video he posted on YouTube.

A federal grand jury has begun issuing subpoenas to people linked to the alternate elector plan, requesting information about the four pro-Trump lawyers, the Wednesday report said.

“These fake electors, these fraudulent electors for Donald Trump, signed certificates swearing, certifying, that they were the duly appointed electors, that Mr. Trump won states he lost,” Kirschner explained. “Then they sent those fake certificates to the National Archives and to Congress.”

“That’s a crime,” Kirschner added “It was so brazen, it was so corrupt. It would be like if they took somebody and put that person in prison and their justification was ‘Well, who knows? Maybe someday somebody will determine there’s evidence that that person did something wrong.”

According to Kirschner, Chesebro is in very serious legal jeopardy:

“They’ve got incriminating information. They’ve got the goods on attorney Chesebro.”

Kirschner also suggested that others close to Trump are also in danger of being charged with crimes:

“Whoever, knowing that an offense against the United States has been committed, receives, relieves, comforts or assists the offender in order to hinder or prevent his apprehension, trial or punishment, is an accessory after the fact. Assisting Donald Trump in getting away with his crimes is precisely what people like [Steve] Bannon and [Mark] Meadows and [Peter] Navarro and [Dan] Scavino continue to do.”

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Did Trump Take Top Secret Documents To Mar-a-Lago To Sell Them For Profit?

Thanks to some excellent reporting from the New York Times, we know that a federal grand jury convened by the Justice Department is now looking into the 15 boxes of classified White House documents that failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump took with him to Mar-a-Lago after he left office, a direct violation of security protocols and potentially a crime.

Former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi notes in an op-ed he wrote for MSBNC that impaneling a grand jury means the DOJ suspects a crime was committed.

But there are larger concerns that could prove to be damaging to U.S. national security and result in Trump being charged with a felony, Figliuzzi explains:

A sentence in The New York Times story may shed some light on what the Justice Department may have: “The documents in question are believed to have been kept in the residence of the White House before they were boxed up and sent to Mar-a-Lago.” Fifteen boxes of classified documents sitting in the residential wing of the White House doesn’t sound like a mistake to me. That sounds deliberate and less like an error that could be attributed to staff.

As Justice Department investigators examine the documents, they’ll be able to see whether the contents held some value to Trump or those around him and possibly determine whether Trump could benefit from whatever’s in those documents. We mustn’t forget that during Trump’s term, his family members parlayed their relationship with him into personal profit and that while he was president, Trump’s own businesses reportedly raked in $2.4 billion.

In other words, Trump may have sold some of those documents to foreign entities and/or governments in return for financial considerations. After all, the sort of intelligence a president has access to is unmatched by any other official in an administration.

A grand jury will decide whether or not there’s enough evidence to indict Trump. Until then, as Figliuzzi rightly concludes, we’ll have to “wait for the mystery to be solved.”