At the Department of Justice, Donald Trump, an official who filled his eyes and ears, was banned from the building after trying to put pressure on employees to give up sensitive information about election fraud and other issues he could pass on to the White House, three people know the case says the Associated Press.
Heidi Stirrup, an ally of Trump Adviser Stephen Miller, was quietly deployed to the Department of Justice a few months ago as a White House liaison. He has been told to leave the building in the past two weeks after senior judicial officials learned of his efforts to gather inside information about ongoing cases and the ministry’s work on election fraud, people said.
Stirrupt is accused of contacting department staff and demanding that he be given information about the investigations, including the case of election fraud, people said. They spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to discuss the matter in public.
The effort came at a time when Trump was still basically claiming to have won the election and claiming, without evidence, that massive election fraud was responsible for the defeat of elected president Joe Biden.
Stirrup also offered job offers to political allies at some of the highest levels of the Department of Justice without consulting any senior department official or White House law firm and trying to interfere in the recruitment process for career staff, one of the government’s human resources policies, he said. human.
The Ministry of Justice did not want to comment. Attempts to find Stirrup were not immediately successful.
On Thursday, according to a White House press release, Trump appointed Stirrup as a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Visiting Committee.
Earlier this week, Attorney General William Barr told the AP that U.S. lawyers and the FBI had investigated allegations of election irregularities and found no widespread voting fraud that would alter the election results.
“To date, we have not seen any level of fraud that could have achieved a different result in the election,” he said on Tuesday.
Trump fired back at Barr on Thursday, saying the Justice Department “didn’t look too much” and called it a disappointment. But he stopped referring to Barr’s future as the Attorney General could be short-circuited.
“Ask that in a few weeks,” Trump said to the question of whether he still trusts Barr.
“They should look into this fraud,” Trump said.
He was also critical of Barr’s statement that much of what the Trump campaign and its allies have presented so far is allegations that are in lawsuits, not federal crimes.
“It’s not civil. It’s a criminal thing. It’s a very bad criminal thing,” Trump said.
Stirrup, who was previously a key player in the Trump administration’s pursuit of hard-line immigration policies, will technically remain in position after being placed in the Department of Justice by the White House Presidential Staff Office.
The Trump administration has been working to get liaisons to report directly to the White House instead of the agencies where they work. There have been concerns throughout the administration that liaisons are undermining the work not only of career professionals but also of Trump’s own political appointees.
Shortly after the election, the presidential staff office also instructed the liaison officers to leave any political appointee looking for work, while Trump refused to accept the election results. Trump’s term ends at noon on Jan. 20. Thousands of political appointees from the government are doing their jobs by that time.
The White House staff office is headed by Trump’s former personal assistant, John McEntee, who renewed Trump’s efforts to free the administration from those deemed “unfaithful” to the president.
In September, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson inadvertently revealed his anger at McEntee when cameras recorded writing on the back of the page he consulted during a speech.
Referring to the White House Presidential Staff Office, Carson’s notes said, “I’m not happy with the way the PPO handles my agency.” This is an opinion shared by the government.
Stirrup, a close ally of Miller, previously served as acting director of the Asylum Settlement Office and was also a White House liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services.