According to reporting from, the Department of Justice is intensifying its efforts in investigating attempts by former President Donald Trump (and his allies) to usurp the results of 2020’s presidential election. CNN.
The department’s investigators are examining “nearly every aspect of former President Donald Trump’s efforts” to overturn the race that he lost to President Joe Biden, the news agency reported this week. CNN bases its analysis on recent actions by investigators as well as the content of subpoenas served to Trump’s allies that it was able to access.
The DOJ’s January 6 investigation of Trump includes his campaign’s plot to use fake electors to alter the outcome of the Electoral College, as well as the former president’s general pushing of baseless claims of election fraud, which he used to help fundraise for his own Save America PAC after his legitimate loss.
It was reported this week that around 40 subpoenas had been sent to Trump’s former aides, demanding information relating to their communications after Trump’s electoral defeat, as well as after he left the White House. Investigators are also looking at communications and expenditures regarding his “Stop the Steal” campaign rally on January 6, 2021, which preceded the mob of Trump loyalists’ attack on the U.S. Capitol building.
It’s also been reported recently that the DOJ has opened a grand jury inquiry into the Save America PAC, in relation to its raising funds from donors using false claims about election fraud with the promise that the money raised would go to Trump’s legal challenges.
The most recent actions of the DOJ according to CNNThese two examples show a more aggressive approach to its investigations into Trump’s attempts to overturn his 2020 presidential election victory by Trump and his aides.
The January 6 investigation was accelerated unrelated to a separate Trump inquiryFollowing his resignation, he improperly removed government documents, including highly classified ones, from the White House and to his Mar-a-Lago estate at Palm Beach, Florida.
The subpoenas that the news agency examined make demands to Trump’s allies for a number of items, including documents relating to the raising of funds for challenging the election’s outcome, as well as communications records of former aides dating back to the fall of 2020. The DOJ investigation seems to be targeting Trump in particular, to determine if he was involved.
Investigators are “now encompassing individuals closer and closer to the President to learn more and more about what the President knew and when he knew it,” David Laufman, a former federal prosecutor, said on CNN Monday night.
“The DOJ investigation into Trump is going big — they are probing a wide-ranging conspiracy involving fraudulent fundraising, fraudulent electors, and fraudulent justifications for trying to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power, as they should,” tweeted Miles TaylorTrump’s former Homeland Security official who wrote the famed 2018 “Anonymous” op-edCriticism of the former president
Others are calling on the DOJ to do more — including charging Trump with crimes relating to the Capitol attack, given that It has been long apparent that enough evidence exists to support this assertion.
“We are now 616 days since Jan 6,” political commentator Dean Obeidallah said on Twitter. “The DOJ may one day indict Donald Trump but every day they fail to charge him makes our nation less safe.”