VIP WaPo reports Trump under DOJ criminal investigation over 2020 election

The Washington Post reported last night that the Department of Justice is investigating former President Donald Trump’s “actions and role in an effort to overturn the 2020 election results”:

Here’s the opener:

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.

Prosecutors who are questioning witnesses before a grand jury — including two top aides to Vice President Mike Pence — have asked in recent days about conversations with Trump, his lawyers, and others in his inner circle who sought to substitute Trump allies for certified electors from some states Joe Biden won, according to two people familiar with the matter. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.

The prosecutors have asked hours of detailed questions about meetings Trump led in December 2020 and January 2021; his pressure campaign on Pence to overturn the election; and what instructions Trump gave his lawyers and advisers about fake electors and sending electors back to the states, the people said. Some of the questions focused directly on the extent of Trump’s involvement in the fake-elector effort led by his outside lawyers,including John Eastman and Rudy Giuliani, these people said.

Former US Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal summed it up: “In a nutshell, the former President appears to be under a criminal investigation by a federal Grand Jury”:

One of the new details from the report is that the DOJ seized phone records “for key WH aides, including those of former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows”:

This is a separate effort from the House January 6 Committee:

And now we wait:

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