Justice Department bans access to Trump aide

The Justice Department barred the official who serves as the eyes and ears of President Donald Trump in the agency from accessing its facilities after she tried to pressure staff to hand over sensitive information about the alleged electoral fraud and other topics that could relaying to the White House, three people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Heidi Stirrup, a close friend of Stephen Miller – a senior Trump adviser – was quietly assigned to the Justice Department as a White House liaison a few months ago.

In the past two weeks, he was asked to leave the premises, after senior department officials learned of his attempts to gather confidential information on open cases and on the agency’s work on alleged electoral fraud, sources revealed. .

Stirrup is accused of approaching agency staff to demand information about the investigations, including electoral fraud matters, said the people, who testified on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter.

Trump continues to claim baselessly that he won the election and accuses, without presenting evidence, that his defeat to President-elect Joe Biden was due to large-scale electoral fraud.

Stirrup had also offered jobs to political allies for positions at some of the highest levels of the Justice Department without consulting with any of the agency’s top officials or the White House attorney’s office, and also attempted to interfere in the process. of hiring staff members, a violation of government human resource policies, one of the people said.

The Justice Department declined to comment. So far, attempts to contact Stirrup for comment have been unsuccessful.

Trump appointed Stirrup as a member of the visiting board of the Air Force Academy, according to a White House news release.

A few days ago, Attorney General William Barr told the AP that the agency and the FBI investigated allegations of electoral irregularities and found no evidence of large-scale fraud that would have altered the outcome of the elections.

“To date, we have not seen fraud on such a scale that it would have meant a different outcome in the election,” he said Tuesday.

Trump criticized Barr’s work on Thursday, saying the Justice Department “hasn’t done much research” and that the president was disappointed. However, Trump did not hint that Barr’s future in office was at risk.

“Ask me that in a few more weeks,” Trump said when asked if he still trusted Barr. “They should be looking into all this fraud.”

He also criticized Barr’s remarks that much of what the campaign and Trump allies have presented thus far are accusations worthy of lawsuits, not federal crimes.

“This is not of a civil nature. This is criminal material. This is very bad, criminal material, ”said the president.

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