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USA: Justice Department is considering taking criminal action against Donald Trump

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The Justice Department is investigating Trump’s conduct since the election

The Justice Department has yet to open a formal criminal investigation into Trump

The Justice Department has yet to open a formal criminal investigation into Trump

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According to a report by the Washington Post, the US Department of Justice is investigating whether criminal charges could be brought against Donald Trump after revelations about the Capitol storm. The then US President was strongly accused by numerous witnesses at public hearings.

NPressure on the judiciary has been mounting since the revelations of the investigative panel on the attack on the US capital a year and a half ago. According to the Washington Post, there are growing signs that the department is scrutinizing the conduct of then-President Donald Trump more closely. The question is whether Attorney General Merrick Garland can bring criminal charges against Trump. Critics accuse him of being too reluctant to proceed.

Citing anonymous sources, the newspaper reported Tuesday evening (local time) that prosecutors spent hours questioning witnesses before a grand jury about meetings that took place under Trump’s leadership in December 2020 and January 2021. A grand jury is convened to review evidence in potential criminal cases and decide whether to press charges. The investigations were previously thought to be primarily related to Trump associates such as Rudy Giuliani, the newspaper continued. But advocates are more interested in Trump’s actions than expected.

In addition, Justice Department investigators obtained phone records from key Trump administration officials in early April, the newspaper wrote. The department has yet to open a formal criminal investigation into the events surrounding the 2020 presidential election and the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, against Republican Trump.

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US President Joe Biden with his son Hunter (left) in Washington in early July

Trump has been strongly accused by several witnesses at public hearings of the Capitol Attack Committee in recent weeks. The body itself cannot take legal action – this is the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice. “We want to hold anyone criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6 or for any attempt to prevent a legitimate transfer of power from one government to another,” Garland told the NBC broadcaster. Room.

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