The Justice Department is investigating President Donald Trump’s actions as part of its criminal probe of efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, according to four people familiar with the matter.
That effort is another indicator of how expansive the Jan. 6 probe had become, well before the high-profile, televised House hearings in June and July on the subject.
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol built their case over a series of eight public hearings.
The Washington Post and other news organizations have previously written that the Justice Department is examining the conduct of Eastman, Giuliani and others in Trump’s orbit.
But the degree of prosecutors’ interest in Trump’s actions has not been previously reported, nor has the review of senior Trump aides’ phone records.
Federal criminal investigations are by design opaque, and probes involving political figures are among the most closely held secrets at the Justice Department.
Unlike the Justice Department, the House panel does not have the power to launch criminal investigations or charge anyone with wrongdoing. »