Prosecutors Ask Witnesses Whether Trump Acknowledged He Lost 2020 Race
Federal prosecutors investigating former President Donald J. Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 election have questioned multiple witnesses in recent weeks --- including Mr. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner --- about whether Mr. Trump had privately acknowledged in the days after the 2020 election that he had lost, according to four people briefed on the matter.
The line of questioning suggests prosecutors are trying to establish whether Mr. Trump was acting with corrupt intent as he sought to remain in power --- essentially that his efforts were knowingly based on a lie --- evidence that could substantially bolster any case they might decide to bring against him.
Mr. Kushner testified before a grand jury at the federal courthouse in Washington last month, where he is said to have maintained that it was his impression that Mr. Trump truly believed the election was stolen, according to a person briefed on the matter.
Alyssa Farah Griffin, the White House communications director in the days after the 2020 election, told prosecutors this spring that Mr. Trump had said to her in the days after the election: Can you believe I lost to Joe Biden?