When the Feds seized classified documents from Donald Trump’s home last week that Trump had stolen, it was plainly obvious that Trump is the target of the DOJ’s criminal investigation into the classified documents. When Trump announced today that the Feds had seized his passports, it made it even more clear that he’s going down. But that’s not the only probe Trump has to worry about. It’s not even the only DOJ probe Trump has to worry about.
Remember Eric Herschmann from the January 6th public hearings? He was the Trump White House lawyer who warned Trump and his people in real time that they were committing criminal acts with their fake elector scheme. Politico says that the DOJ just subpoenaed Herschmann to testify to the grand jury in this probe. This comes after Pat Cipollone, Marc Short, and others have also testified to this same grand jury.
Even legal expert Andrew Weissmann, who tends to severely downplay the prospects and progress of every Trump criminal probe, now says the Herschmann news means that there’s no doubt that Donald Trump is the target of the DOJ’s January 6th probe.
This means Trump is the target of at least two DOJ criminal probes. Keep in mind that months ago there was reporting that the DOJ was also investigating the financing behind Trump’s social network, pointing to there being at least three DOJ Trump probes. And these are just the probes whose activities have spilled over into public view. Given the DOJ’s preference for secrecy it’s possible, perhaps even probable, that there are more than just these three DOJ probes into Trump.
The big question at this point is whether the DOJ will indict and arrest Donald Trump now in the classified documents probe and then bring superseding indictments later on the 1/6 stuff, or if the DOJ will wait to arrest Trump until all of the charges are ready. But if they’ve already seized his passports, things are clearly at a certain stage in general.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report