The deputy attorney general says the Department of Justice will not stop its investigation into Donald Trump’s alleged efforts to undermine the 2020 election regardless if he announces his run for the 2024 election.
The Hill reports:
“We’re going to continue to do our job, to follow the facts wherever they go, no matter where they lead, no matter to what level,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said Tuesday in response to questions after speaking at a cybersecurity conference in New York.
“We’re going to continue to investigate what was fundamentally an attack on our democracy.”
DOJ traditionally avoids investigative action that might implicate a candidate in the 60 days preceding an election. But Monaco’s comments indicate the Justice Department may not stick to that norm, which is not an official DOJ policy.
“The mandate the team has remains, which is to follow the facts wherever they go, regardless of what level, regardless of whether the subject of those investigations were present on Jan. 6,” Monaco said.
Monaco’s comments come as the DOJ has reportedly been expanding the scope of its investigation into Jan. 6 but has yet to directly investigate Trump as a key target.