The Washington Post: The Justice Dept. alleged Jan. 6 was a seditious conspiracy. Now will it investigate Trump?

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The Washington Post’s Matt Zapotosky, Josh Dawsey, Tom Hamburger and Rachel Weiner report:

The Justice Department’s decision to charge Oath Keepers with seditious conspiracy last week makes clear that prosecutors consider the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol part of an organized assault to prevent the peaceful transfer of presidential power.

But so far the department does not appear to be directly investigating the person whose desperate bid to stay in office motivated the mayhem — former president Donald Trump — either for potentially inciting a riot or for what some observers see as a related pressure campaign to overturn the results of the election.

  • FBI agents have not, for example, sought to interview or gather materials from some of Trump’s most loyal lieutenants about their strategy sessions at the Willard hotel on how to overturn the results of the 2020 election, according to participants in those meetings or their representatives.

  • The department has not reached out to the Georgia secretary of state’s office about Trump urging its leader to “find” enough votes to reverse his defeat, a person familiar with the office said, even as a local district attorney investigates that matter.

  • The Trump campaign has not received requests for documents or interviews from the FBI or Justice Department related to Jan. 6 or the effort to overturn the election results, and federal prosecutors have not sought to interview those with knowledge of Trump’s consideration of a plan to install an attorney general more amenable to his unfounded claims of massive voter fraud, according to people familiar with the matter. The Justice Department inspector general is investigating the aborted plan and could ultimately ask prosecutors to consider whether crimes were committed.

  • A person directly involved in planning the rally…said they had received no FBI or Justice Department requests, despite having spent six hours taking questions about the matter before the House committee that is separately investigating the riot. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect their privacy.

  • A Pence aide said the former vice president’s office had received no FBI or Justice Department outreach. At least 11 former campaign and White House aides — including seven who have been in touch with the Jan. 6 House committee — said they had received no inquiries from the Department of Justice.

  • Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was among those at the Willard hotel “command center” where Trump allies plotted strategy to bring about a second Trump term, told The Washington Post he had “no DOJ contact.”

  • John Eastman — a lawyer who spoke at the rally on Jan. 6 and had outlined scenarios for denying Biden the presidency in a meeting days earlier with Trump and Pence — said he had not heard from the Justice Department, either. If other rally speakers were contacted by the department, he said, “they really would be going after people’s perfectly valid, constitutionally protected First Amendment rights.”

That the Justice Department has yet to turn its attention directly to Trump and his close allies does not mean it never will, and analysts note that much could be happening in secret. Investigators could seek communication records of those at the Willard hotel from phone or email providers, for example, in such a way that those whose records are at issue never found out.

Eliason said prosecutors also might have good reason for waiting to seek interviews with high-profile, politically connected officials. “If you just go in and talk to them cold in the first month of the investigation, they’re not going to tell you anything,” he said.

The department, though, has faced pressure to do more, including the possibility of criminal referrals from the House committee.

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. “”FBI agents have not, for example, sought to interview or gather materials from some of Trump’s most loyal lieutenants about their strategy sessions at the Willard hotel””

    The staged false event of Jan 6 was just another chapter in mind control fake reality political/public illusion mock opera.

    Every turn of events, every new angle and breaking revelation is calculated and stage managed to a tee.

    To those with the means to pull off 9/11 and totally get away with it, the day to day mind-massaging necessary to keep the herd in line is boilerplate hum drum banality.

    Just so the disbelievers won’t have their conscience troubled too badly, this bone; the fake reality people were already so advanced by the time they took out JFK, that they realized the sky is not the limit any more. 🌓

  2. Everyone is waiting for the next shoe to drop, Jim. It’s becoming more and more obvious that the upcoming coup that will be the end of the USA as we know it will be allowed to happen, just like 9/11 was allowed to happen. We’ll be forced into some unwinnable nuclear conflict with Iran, Russia, China… who knows?

    Remember, Zionism is a death cult, first and foremost. The notion that certain Europeans could range around the planet displacing the indigenous and exploiting them is so last century. The rest of the world simply won’t stand for it anymore. Problem is, the Empire will never willingly go into that dark night like empires of the past. We have nukes to take the rest of humanity with us, lots of them.

  3. If the people are caught on camera stealing a candy bar, they are arrested immediately.
    The video tape is the proof they need. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. We throw people in jail by the thousands for far less than what we saw on tape on Jan 6.
    We apparently do have kings, even though they keep telling us we don’t.
    We apparently do not have equity under the law, even though they keep telling us we do.
    The George Floyd protestors were kettled and arrested on scene by the thousands. The Jan 6 insurrectionists were allowed to leave the property and go on vacation.

  4. the Roades Sho is a double agent ! –> another scammm/simply !

    trump is simply organized crime………… fat chance/simply !

    this has simply turned into another news cycle/simply….

    Next!

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