Biden’s FBI and DOJ seize phones of several Trump advisors as part of new probe

Former President Donald Trump’s update on the Jan. 6 grand jury investigation was far from the only concerning development Tuesday as a new report supported the perception of political persecution and foreshadowed potential “conspiracy charges.”

Though an indictment has yet to be announced related to the Washington, D.C. federal grand jury, the likelihood remains that it will be the third of an expected four to be brought against Trump with the Georgia election investigation expected to follow. The president’s statement regarding Special Counsel Jack Smith’s letter seeking his appearance said as much but was only part of what appeared to be the weaponization of government in action.

According to a New York Times report Tuesday, “phones of advisors to Mr. Trump” had been seized as part of the FBI’s investigation of so-called “efforts to overturn” the 2020 presidential election.

“As part of the F.B.I. and Justice Department’s investigation into efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, federal investigators have seized the phones of advisors to Mr. Trump, including Boris Epshteyn, an in-house counsel who helps coordinate Mr. Trump’s legal efforts, and Mike Roman, a campaign strategist who was the director of Election Day operations for the Trump campaign in 2020,” the Times’ FBI reporter Adam Goldman wrote.

“Federal investigators also seized the cellphone of John Eastman, a legal architect of Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss,” he continued, “and the phone of another lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, whom Mr. Trump had sought at one point to install as the acting attorney general.”

The report was not the first time that Trump allies had been confronted by federal strong-arming as last year Clark had recounted a raid at his home, one of several that had been conducted by the FBI that day, that included his getting dragged out of his home and having his electronics seized.

His account to then-Fox News host Tucker Carlson led the commentator to state, “What he did wrong was simply call for an investigation into voter fraud,” and that claim was met with a response Carlson described as “Soviet.”

“At what point,” the host asked, “can we say the Department of Justice, where you once served, is a political instrument, it’s completely out of control?”

If journalist Julie Kelly’s suspicions are correct, that time was arguably at hand as she tweeted her belief Tuesday that Smith could well include other well-known figures from conservative circles in conspiracy charges.

“It won’t just be Trump named in a Jan 6 indictment,” she contended. “DOJ/Smith love conspiracy charges and every conspiracy count–obstruction, seditious, etc–needs at least one co-conspirator.”

“Prepare for lawyers, WH officials, campaign aides, and maybe GOP House members to be indicted, too,” Kelly added.

Georgia congresswoman and ardent ally of Trump, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke to that as well Tuesday when she called the likelihood of another indictment “absolute bullsh*t” and made her case that “The Democrats want to arrest every one of their political opponents.”

“It’s hard to recognize our country anymore,” she added.

Kevin Haggerty

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