DOJ Orders Subpoenas In Fight Against Trump Backed Election Officials

( Jack Smith, the special counsel serving the Department of Justice in its investigation surrounding the January 6, 2021, insurrection, has issued subpoenas to multiple election officials in the states of Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin.

What he is searching for is communications that were either held with, or that involve, former President Donald Trump, any of the aides who served on his 2020 presidential campaign, as well as a list of any allies who were involved in the efforts to attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

These are the first subpoenas that have been issued by Smith since he took over as special counsel. In November, Merrick Garland, the attorney general, named Smith special counsel.

He’s overseeing the DOJ’s entire investigation into the Capitol riot as well as its investigation into whether Trump had classified documents with him at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

The subpoenas that Smith issued went to Wisconsin’s Dane and Milwaukee counties, Allegheny County in Pennsylvania, Maricopa County in Arizona, and Wayne County in Michigan.

This is a clear indication, as The Associated Press reported recently, that Smith intends to examine the fake electors plot that was set up as part of the efforts Trump took to subvert certification of the 2020 election results. All of the states to which the subpoenas were sent were targeted by Trump and some of his allies as they attempted to overturn the vote.

The AP obtained two of the subpoenas. They requested “any and all communications in any form … to, from or involving” Trump, his aides and lawyers, his campaign and any of the following people — Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, L. Lin Wood, Boris Epshteyn, John Eastman, Justin Clark and Bill Stepien.

The subpoenas are seeking these communications that took place between June 1 of 2020 and January 20 of 2021.

George Christenson, who serves as the clerk in Milwaukee County, told the AP that he received his subpoena on Monday. He also said he was working with the county attorney so they could comply with that request as soon as they possibly can.

He said:

I don’t see any issues with it. Many of those names aren’t familiar to me, so I don’t know how many of those individuals did reach out to us. For example, I don’t recall receiving anything from Rudy Giuliani. I think I would have remembered that. But who knows.”

Christenson added that he was hoping the documents he turns over would help the DOJ’s investigation, but he also didn’t expect that he’d be turning over documents that haven’t been made public already in the past. He said:

“I don’t expect to find any smoking gun.”

Scott McDonnell, who’s the clerk in Dane County, echoed those sentiments, saying he doesn’t expect what he submits in response to the subpoena will including anything that “hasn’t been covered in the past.” He added:

“I don’t have any stories of Trump calling me at dinner like the other guys.”