The DOJ criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s fake elector plot has been gradually closing in on him for some time. The DOJ has reportedly been putting witnesses in front of the grand jury since January. It began carrying out search and seizure warrants in the case more than a month ago. So it should have come as no surprise when the DOJ sent the FBI with a search warrant into Trump’s home on Monday. Except here’s the thing – that’s not even the same DOJ probe.
It’s been public knowledge for several months that the DOJ has had at least two different criminal investigations into Donald Trump. But all the details that have publicly spilled over, from the Pat Cipollone and Marc Short grand jury testimony to the Jeffrey Clark and John Eastman seizure warrants, have all been from the DOJ’s fake elector investigation into Trump. Monday’s raid was the handiwork of the DOJ’s classified document investigation into Trump.
Up to now, nothing had spilled out about the classified document investigation, beyond the fact that it existed and that it reached the grand jury stage months ago. It seems to be a more narrowly focused probe involving far fewer people – but it’s still proven to be a potent enough probe that a federal judge signed off on a search and seizure warrant of Trump’s home.
And yet these weren’t even the fireworks we’ve been expecting. We’re still waiting to see how ugly the DOJ’s election-related probe ends up getting for Donald Trump and his numerous co-conspirators. For instance, when the DOJ seized House Republican Scott Perry’s phone yesterday, that appeared to be part of its election-related probe. This is all ramping up now. In that sense, the best is yet to come – just not for Trump world.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report