DOJ Questioned Straka On Trump’s Role In Capitol Riot

The New York Times reports:

For months, the Justice Department has provided little public indication of whether, or how seriously, it is investigating the role played by former President Donald J. Trump in the violent attack on the Capitol last Jan. 6.

But on Tuesday, for the first time, evidence emerged in court papers that prosecutors have posed questions to at least one Jan. 6 defendant that were “focused on establishing an organized conspiracy” involving Mr. Trump and his allies to “disrupt” the work of Congress.

The papers were filed by a defense lawyer in the case of Brandon Straka, a former hair stylist who founded a group called the Walk Away Foundation, which seeks to persuade Democratic voters to leave the party.

The Insider reports:

Straka’s lawyer, Bilal Essayli, wrote in the 14-page court filing that his client’s cooperation with federal investigators included voluntarily submitting to three government interviews.

“During the interviews the government was focused on establishing an organized conspiracy between defendant, President Donald J. Trump, and allies of the former president, to disrupt the Joint Session of Congress on January 6,” Essayli wrote, while adding that Straka had “answered all questions truthfully and denied the existence of any such plot.”

Tuesday’s submission from Straka’s lawyer came in response to the Justice Department’s recommendation that he receive a sentence including four months of home detention and three years of probation. Judge Dabney Friedrich, a Trump appointee, is set to sentence Straka on Thursday.