When the news first broke several months ago that the DOJ had empaneled a grand jury into the Donald Trump-led criminal plot to overthrow the 2020 election, it was pretty clear that the DOJ was investigating Trump. But for some reason the media spent months pretending this wasn’t the case, before finally acknowledging last week that the DOJ has indeed been investigating Trump for months.
So why did the media finally give up on its longtime “DOJ is doing nothing” ratings ploy, and instead acknowledge that the DOJ’s Trump investigation exists? In short, too much was about to start surfacing that would make the investigation clear to audiences, whether the media acknowledged it or not. The DOJ’s search and seizure warrants against Trump co-conspirators John Eastman and Jeffrey Clark were one thing; the media largely spun them as somehow not being connected to Trump. But now the kinds of details are leaking that can’t possibly be downplayed.
For instance, after we all recently watched former Trump White House Counsel Pat Cipollone give damning public testimony against Donald Trump, ABC News is reporting that the DOJ has subpoenaed Cipollone to testify to a grand jury. Why is this such a big deal? Grand jury testimony is generally used to obtain warrants or indictments. And since we all just saw Cipollone testify about Trump’s crimes, it’s not difficult to figure out where this is all headed.
Cipollone’s testimony comes after the DOJ also recently had Mike Pence’s senior staff, including chief of staff Marc Short, testify to a grand jury. It’s clear that this DOJ process, which had lower level witnesses such as Ali Alexander in front of a grand jury months ago, has now escalated to an advanced level.
At this point the question may be whether the DOJ is using the Cipollone and Short testimony to indict Eastman and Clark in an attempt to flip them against Trump, or if perhaps the DOJ is using the Cipollone and Short testimony to obtain search warrants against Trump himself. But what is clear is that the DOJ is much further along in its Trump investigation than anyone thought. It also appears the probe has reached the stage where more and more details of its progress are starting to leak out more frequently – also generally a sign that a probe is closer to its completion than its beginning.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report