During an interview with John Berman, legal expert Ryan Goodman said that the nation will know how much trouble former President Donald Trump is in if the Department of Justice subpoenas Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows to testify:

“I think the top of the list for me would probably be Mark Meadows. At this point I would think this is maybe game over time because he has a great deal of criminal exposure. If they called him in and we know about it, it may be that there would be a deal going on and they immunized him.”

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Berman asked Goodman to clarify the “game over”  comment:

“Game over for Donald Trump. Because that would really mean that they had a bigger witness than anybody we have otherwise seen.”

Goodman also mentioned that the Justice Department recently obtained a search warrant for the cell phone of Trump lawyer John Eastman, one of the primary architects of Trump’s efforts to remain in power by overturning the 2020 election:

“Eastman is outside the Justice Department and worked hand in glove with Trump. If they’re going after Eastman and he is in their target sight, it’s hard to imagine that doesn’t implicate Trump himself.”

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Goodman also commented in a series of tweets about the broader implications of recent higher profile Trump administration officials testifying, like former VP Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short:

“Most importantly, Marc Short has significant testimony he could give that implicates Trump. Also importantly, he can give testimony that significantly implicates Mark Meadows.”

While many Americans have been expressing impatience with Attorney General Merrick Garland, it appears as if Garland and the DOJ are starting to ratchet up their probe into Trump and his orbit and their role in January 6, 2021.

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Garland recently stated:

“there is a lot of speculation about what the Justice Department is doing, what it’s not doing, what our theories are, what our theories aren’t, and there will continue to be that speculation.”

“That’s because a central tenet of the way in which the Justice Department investigates and a central tenet of the rule of law is that we do not do our investigations in public,” he continued. “This is the most wide-ranging investigation and the most important investigation that the Justice Department has ever entered into.”

“We have to get this right,” he stressed. “And for people who are concerned — as I think every American should be — about protecting democracy, we have to do two things: We have to hold accountable every person who is criminally responsible for trying to overturn a legitimate election, and we must do it in a way filled with integrity and professionalism.”

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