Federal prosecutors have been asking about former President Trump and activities within his inner circle while working on criminal cases related to the Capitol riot, as laid out in a new report from USA Today. There’s no indication as of this point that prosecutors have settled on charging Trump or any of his high-level political associates with anything directly tied to the riot, but those who’ve been asked about Trump-tied issues include Mark Grods, a member of the far-right group known as the Oath Keepers who opted to plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors. Specifically, prosecutors asked Grods about longtime Trump ally Roger Stone, who members of the Oath Keepers were aiming to protect around the time of the riot.
"It's completely insane." @Lawrence explains how the January 6th Committee's letter to Ivanka Trump asking for voluntary testimony shows the chaos inside the Trump White House during the Capitol Riot. https://t.co/MLuugYIaH8 pic.twitter.com/u2rfYQyHcW
— The Last Word (@TheLastWord) January 21, 2022
Attorney Brian Lockwood, who is representing Grods, said that his client did not have firsthand information regarding Stone. As Lockwood put it, prosecutors “asked a ton of open-ended questions when I was allowed to be there,” such as: “What happened next? What did you see? Who was there? What did you see them doing? What were they wearing? What were they doing? Did you see them communicating with other people?” Separately, Capitol rioter Brandon Straka — who has also pleaded guilty, although his admitted offense was the lesser charge of disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds — was asked about Trump, according to his lawyer, Bilal Essayli. Essayli said that prosecutors were “focused on establishing an organized conspiracy between [Straka], President Donald J. Trump, and allies of the former president, to disrupt the Joint Session of Congress on January 6.” According to the lawyer, Straka “denied the existence of any such plot.”
In his 1st interview since #Jan6, Officer Eugene Goodman recalled being surprised running into the mostly white #Trump mob so deep in the Capitol. "They locked eyes on me right away…It was not a matter of leaving them alone. They would have followed me."https://t.co/qZWa1TYVFI
— David Beard (@dabeard) January 28, 2022
Former federal prosecutor Patrick Cotter told USA Today that the “technical term for Trump and most people the government is asking about this early is probably ‘subjects,'” explaining that subjects “are people about whom the feds have not made any determination: They may turn out to be targets or witnesses.”
386 days ago insurrectionists ransacked the US Capitol and *hours later* 138-of-202 (68%) House republicans voted to make trump a dictator. They tried to finish the rioters’ job and end democracy. Never forget it.
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) January 28, 2022
Apparently, issues that prosecutors have explored include the apparent belief on the part of certain rioters that Trump would invoke the federal law known as the Insurrection Act, which allows for the deployment of a “militia” to, among other things, go after “rebellion,” as USA Today put it. Oath Keepers founder and leader Stewart Rhodes, who’s since been charged with seditious conspiracy, indicated that members of his group were prepared to serve as the deployed “militia” in such a scenario. Rhodes spent tens of thousands of dollars on various forms of weaponry in the lead-up to January 6, with some of it going towards a stash of weapons in the vicinity of D.C. around the time of the Capitol attack.
BREAKING: Supreme Court DENIES Donald Trump's plea to keep his papers out of the hands of House committee investigating Jan. 6th insurrection at the Capitol
— Steven Mazie (@stevenmazie) January 19, 2022
The House committee investigating the riot was reported to be considering the possibility of recommending Trump or others to the Justice Department for prosecution on conspiracy charges. Another potential part of this possibly prosecutable conspiracy is the multi-state scheme to prepare falsified electoral votes on Trump’s behalf in states where Biden won. Recently, deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco confirmed that the scheme was being examined by the feds.
Just in: Jan. 6 committee subpoenas far-right Trump activists Nicholas Fuentes and Patrick Casey who received thousands of dollars in funds potentially connected to illegal activity and the Capitol attack
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) January 19, 2022