Biden's DOJ Launches Criminal Investigation into Trump for 2020 Election Probe
Justice Department investigating Trump's 'conduct' following election
Democrat Joe Biden's Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump's "conduct" following the 2020 presidential election.
The DOJ is reportedly investigating Trump's actions and correspondence in the months following the election.
The investigation is part of the Justice Department's probe of his inner circle’s alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the DOJ has, before a grand jury, asked witnesses about meetings Trump had in December 2020 and January 2021.
Prosecutors also asked whether Trump pressured Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election results.
People familiar with the matter told The Post that the questions focused on the extent of Trump’s involvement in this effort.
Until then, the DOJ has focused its investigation on Trump’s lawyers, John Eastman and Rudy Giuliani.
Former Pence aid Marc Short confirmed to Fox News host Bret Baier that he had been recently interviewed by a grand jury in Washington.
However, he would not specify the details of the questioning.
The DOJ’s probe is separate from the House Jan. 6 committee.
The Jan. 6 probe has been investigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol but does not have the power to launch criminal investigations, unlike the DOJ.
Tuesday’s report came hours after Attorney General Merrick Garland gave an interview with NBC Night News.
During the interview, garland did not rule out the possibility of prosecuting the former president.
Asked if indicting a former president would create further division in the country, Garland said the DOJ will pursue justice "without fear or favor."
Garland warns that he wants to hold Trump and his allies "criminally responsible."
"We intend to hold everyone, anyone who was criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6, for any attempt to interfere with the lawful transfer of power from one administration to another, accountable," he said.
"That's what we do."
There is no word on any new investigations into Hillary Clinton's "conduct" following the 2016 election, however.