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Federal prosecutors ready for fight against executive privilege

Justice Department prosecutors are bracing for a court battle to force testimony from former Donald Trump White House officials as they continue their criminal investigation into his insurgency, a report published Friday by CNN said.

The former president is expected to try to invoke executive privilege to prevent his closest aides from saying what they know of his conduct and actions following his 2020 election defeat, and efforts to prevent Joe Biden taking office, depending on the network.

But the department, which has taken a much more aggressive stance in recent weeks, is preparing for that fight, according to CNN, “the clearest sign yet” that the investigation has focused more closely on conversations and Trump interactions.

Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

This week Attorney General Merrick Garland promise”justice without fear or favorfor anyone caught up in the insurgency efforts and wouldn’t rule out criminally charging Trump if that’s where the evidence led.

He told NBC Lester Holt:

We intend to hold accountable anyone, anyone who was criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6 or for any attempt to interfere with the legal transfer of power from one administration to another.

This is what we do. We pay no attention to other questions in this regard.

The CNN story suggests that prosecutors are acutely aware that Trumpworld insiders who are initially reluctant to testify will be more likely to do so with an order from a judge compelling them to do so.

The network also says Trump’s attempt to maintain secrecy came during the recent federal grand jury testimony of two of the former vice presidents. Mike Pencehis helpers, Marc Short and Greg Jacob.

The interrogations would have skirted issues likely to be covered by executive privilege, with prosecutors expecting to be able to return to those matters at a later date, CNN sources said.

The development is expected to add more legal pressure on Trump following the announcement of an evidence-sharing ‘partnership’ between the Justice Department and the parallel House inquiry on January 6in which the transcripts of the depositions of at least 20 witnesses are moving on to Garland’s investigation.

Text messages of two of Donald Trump’s chief homeland security officials, Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli, are missing for “a key period” surrounding the former president’s January 6 insurrection, the Washington Post reported Friday.

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It follows news that secret service texts from about the same time had been mysteriously erased, hampering the House panel’s inquiry into the deadly Capitol riot and Trump’s illegitimate efforts to remain in office.

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The previously unreported discovery of missing records for the most senior homeland security officials increases the volume of potential evidence that has vanished regarding the time around the Capitol attack, the Post says.

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🚨🔎🚨BREAKING POGO INVESTIGATION: yet another story of missing text messages at #DHS. This time, text messages to and from three top Trump-era officials at the dept. from early January 2021 are missing. Read the investigation now: https://t.co/AkWxoUu65Z

— Project On Government Oversight (@POGOwatchdog) July 29, 2022

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The homeland security department told the agency’s inspector general in February that texts of Wolf and Cuccinelli were lost in a “reset” of their government phones when they left their jobs in January 2021 in preparation for the new Biden administration, the newspaper adds.

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The Post says its source is an internal record obtained by the Project on Government Oversight, whose own report on the disappearance of the messages can be found here.

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Messages of a third senior department official, the undersecretary of management Randolph “Tex” Alles, a former Secret Service director, are also no longer available because of the reset, according to the Post.

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In his forthcoming memoir, the former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort describes his travels through the US prison system after being convicted on tax charges – including a stay in a Manhattan facility alongside the financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the Mexican drug baron Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

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Manafort also writes that during one transfer between facilities, at a private airfield “somewhere in Ohio”, the sight of “prisoners … being herded in long lines and then separated into other buses and on to … transport planes … reminded me of movies about the Holocaust”.

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Political Prisoner: Persecuted, Prosecuted, but Not Silenced, will be published in the US next month. The Guardian obtained a copy.

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Manafort’s book is not all quite so startling. But he does make the surprise admission that in 2020, he indirectly advised Trump’s campaign while in home confinement as part of a seven-year sentence – advice he kept secret as he hoped for a presidential pardon.

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“I didn’t want anything to get in the way of the president’s re-election or, importantly, a potential pardon,” Manafort writes.

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He got the pardon.

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Here’s more:

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Prosecutors at the justice department are gearing up for a courtroom battle to force the testimony of Donald Trump’s former White House officials, as they pursue their criminal inquiry into his insurrection, a report published Friday by CNN says.

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The former president is expected to try to invoke executive privilege to prevent his closest associates telling what they know about his conduct and actions following his 2020 election defeat, and efforts to prevent Joe Biden taking office, according to the network.

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But the department, which has taken a much more aggressive stance in recent weeks, is readying for that fight, CNN says, “the clearest sign yet” that the inquiry has become more narrowly focused on Trump’s conversations and interactions.

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This week attorney general Merrick Garland promised “justice without fear or favor” for anyone caught up in insurrection efforts and would not rule out charging Trump criminally if that’s where the evidence led.

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He told NBC’s Lester Holt:

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We intend to hold everyone, anyone who was criminally responsible for events surrounding January 6, or any attempt to interfere with the lawful transfer of power from one administration to another, accountable.

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That’s what we do. We don’t pay any attention to other issues with respect to that.

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CNN’s story suggests that prosecutors are acutely aware that Trumpworld insiders who are initially reluctant to testify will be more inclined to do so with a judge’s order compelling it.

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The network also says Trump’s attempt to maintain secrecy came up over recent federal grand jury testimony of two of former vice-president Mike Pence’s aides, Marc Short and Greg Jacob.

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Questioning reportedly skirted around issues likely to be covered by executive privilege, with prosecutors having an expectation they could return to those subjects at a later date, CNN’s sources said.

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The development is set to add more legal pressure on Trump following the announcement of an evidence-sharing “partnership” between the justice department and the parallel House January 6 inquiry, in which transcripts of testimony from at least 20 witnesses are passing to Garland’s investigation.

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Key events

Texts from Homeland Security officials on January 6 ‘missing’

Text messages from two of Donald Trump’s top homeland security officials, Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli, are missing during ‘a key period’ surrounding the former president’s Jan. 6 insurrection, the The Washington Post reported Friday.

Chad Wolf.
Chad Wolf. Photography: Sarah Silbiger/Reuters

This follows news that Secret Service texts from around the same time had been mysteriously erasedhampering the House panel’s investigation into the deadly Capitol riot and Trump’s illegitimate efforts to stay in power.

The previously unreported discovery of missing records for top Homeland Security officials increases the volume of potential missing evidence regarding the time of the attack on the Capitol, says the Post.

🚨🔎🚨BREAKING POGO INVESTIGATION: yet another story of missing text messages at #DHS. This time, text messages to and from three top Trump-era officials at the dept. from early January 2021 are missing. Read the investigation now: https://t.co/AkWxoUu65Z

— Project On Government Oversight (@POGOwatchdog) July 29, 2022

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🚨🔎🚨BREAKING POGO INVESTIGATION: yet another missing SMS story at #DHS. This time, text messages to and from three top Trump-era officials at the department. from early January 2021 are missing. Read the survey now: https://t.co/AkWxoUu65Z

— Project on Government Surveillance (@POGOwatchdog) July 29, 2022

The Department of Homeland Security told the agency’s inspector general in February that Wolf and Cuccinelli’s texts were lost during a ‘reset’ of their government phones when they left their jobs in January 2021 in preparation for the new Biden administration, the newspaper adds.

The Post says its source is an internal recording obtained by the Government Control Projectincluding the own report on the disappearance of the messages can be found here.

Messages from a third senior ministry official, the Undersecretary for Management Randolph “Tex” Allesa former director of the Secret Service, are also no longer available due to the reset, according to the Post.

Manafort invokes the Holocaust in his memoir of his life in prison

Martin Pengelly

Martin Pengelly

In his forthcoming memoir, the former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort describes his journeys through the US prison system after being convicted of tax charges – including a stay in a Manhattan facility alongside the financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Paul Manafort.
Paul Manafort. Photography: Eduardo Muñoz/Reuters

Manafort also writes that while transferring between facilities, at a private airfield “somewhere in Ohio,” the sight of “prisoners… being herded into long lines and then separated onto other buses and onto …transport planes…reminded me of Holocaust movies.”

PPolitical prisoner: persecuted, prosecuted, but not silenced, will be released in the United States next month. The Guardian obtained a copy.

Manafort’s book is not quite so surprising. But he makes the surprise admission that in 2020 he indirectly advised Trump’s campaign while he was under house arrest as part of a seven-year sentence – advice he kept secret while he hoped for a presidential pardon.

“I didn’t want anything to stand in the way of the president’s re-election or, more importantly, a potential pardon,” Manafort writes.

He got forgiveness.

Here’s more:

Federal prosecutors ready for fight against executive privilege

Justice Department prosecutors are bracing for a court battle to force testimony from former Donald Trump White House officials as they continue their criminal investigation into his insurgency, a report published Friday by CNN said.

The former president is expected to try to invoke executive privilege to prevent his closest aides from saying what they know of his conduct and actions following his 2020 election defeat, and efforts to prevent Joe Biden taking office, depending on the network.

But the department, which has taken a much more aggressive stance in recent weeks, is preparing for that fight, according to CNN, “the clearest sign yet” that the investigation has focused more closely on conversations and Trump interactions.

Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

This week Attorney General Merrick Garland promise”justice without fear or favorfor anyone caught up in the insurgency efforts and wouldn’t rule out criminally charging Trump if that’s where the evidence led.

He told NBC Lester Holt:

We intend to hold accountable anyone, anyone who was criminally responsible for the events surrounding January 6 or for any attempt to interfere with the legal transfer of power from one administration to another.

This is what we do. We pay no attention to other questions in this regard.

The CNN story suggests that prosecutors are acutely aware that Trumpworld insiders who are initially reluctant to testify will be more likely to do so with an order from a judge compelling them to do so.

The network also says Trump’s attempt to maintain secrecy came during the recent federal grand jury testimony of two of the former vice presidents. Mike Pencehis helpers, Marc Short and Greg Jacob.

The interrogations would have skirted issues likely to be covered by executive privilege, with prosecutors expecting to be able to return to those matters at a later date, CNN sources said.

The development is expected to add more legal pressure on Trump following the announcement of an evidence-sharing ‘partnership’ between the Justice Department and the parallel House inquiry on January 6in which the transcripts of the depositions of at least 20 witnesses are moving on to Garland’s investigation.

Hello blog readers, we’ve come to the end of an extraordinary week in American politics, but we’re not done yet. There is news today of more legal peril for donald trump on his efforts to illegitimately reverse his 2020 election defeat.

justice department prosecutors, according to CNNare plotting a court battle to force Trump insiders to testify about the former president’s conversations and actions around Jan. 6. They expect Trump to try to invoke executive privilege to prevent his former White House officials from saying what they know.

We’ll have more on that, and we’ll also look at the following:

  • Washington is still abuzz with the senator Joe Manchinmeteoric reversal, leading to the surprise announcement of the Inflation Reduction Act and luck for Joe Biden to achieve some of its flagship climate policy objectives.
  • Text messages at the time of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot ‘disappeared’ from the phones of top Trump Homeland Security officials Chad wolf and Ken Cuccinelli, reports the Washington Post.
  • The Biden administration reportedly has a new plan to Covid-19 boostersabandoning advice for a summer vaccine and instead focusing on promoting next-generation vaccines in the fall.
  • It could be a busy day at home with possible votes on gun control and police defunding, before the members go on a six-week hiatus. But speaker Nancy Pelosi may call them back next week for a vote on the Cut Inflation Act.
  • The White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, has its scheduled daily briefing at 1:30 p.m. Joe Biden has not listed any public events.

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