Special counsel Jack Smith subpoenas Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin officials for Trump communications in Jan. 6 probe



Special Counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed local officials in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin — three states at the center former President Donald Trump’s failed plan to stay in power after the 2020 election — for all communications with Trump, his campaign, and a long list of aides and allies.

The requests for data arrived in Dane County, Wis.; Maricopa County, Arizona; and Wayne County, Michigan, late last week, and in Milwaukee on Monday, officials said. They are among the first known subpoenas issued by Smith, who was named last month by Attorney General Merrick Garland to oversee the January 6 attack on the Capitol case, as well as the criminal investigation into Trump’s possible mishandling of classified documents at his Florida home.

The subpoenas, at least three of which are dated Nov. 22, show Smith expanding the Justice Department’s investigation into the circumstances leading up to the Capitol attack to include local election officials and their possible interactions with the former president and his representatives. . The nearly identical requests to Arizona and Wisconsin list Trump separately, in addition to employees, agents and lawyers for his campaign. Details of the Michigan subpoena, confirmed by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, were not immediately available.

“I am pleased to participate in this process,” said Milwaukee clerk George Christenson, who confirmed the subpoena in a telephone interview Tuesday and provided a copy to The Washington Post.

The subpoena calls for communications with Trump and his campaign, including several key allies.

Christenson said he is not aware of any communications with his office that have not yet been made public. But he speculated that federal investigators are looking for new details about the Trump campaign’s efforts to round up illegitimate voters in key battleground states that Joe Biden narrowly won.

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell confirmed to have received a similar subpoena.

“I am not aware of any major announcements that have not yet been made public,” said McDonell, whose county includes Madison, the state capital.

Fields Moseley, a Maricopa County spokesman, said: “We have received a subpoena and will comply with it.”

Officials in Wayne County, home to Detroit, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment.

The Justice Department’s Mar-a-Lago criminal investigation began this spring after months of disagreement between Trump and the National Archives and Records Administration over boxes of documents that followed Trump from the White House to Mar-a-Lago, his residence. – and private residence in Florida. club.

Court documents show that more than 300 classified classified documents were eventually recovered from Trump’s home, with more than 100 taken during a search by the FBI on Aug. 8. Some contain highly sensitive government secrets.

The longer-running Jan. 6 case, meanwhile, has passed the pool of people who directly participated in the bloody riot at the U.S. Capitol. For months, prosecutors have been scrutinizing the fundraising, organization and apocalyptic rhetoric leading up to that violent attack on the seat of government. The investigation also looked at failed attempts to approve alternate voter rolls so that Trump can be declared the winner of the 2020 election.

Previous subpoenas, in Arizona and other battlefield states targeted by Trump, have been issued to key Republican players seen as allies in his pressure campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Maricopa County, the sprawling Arizona jurisdiction where Phoenix and more than half of the state’s voters live, was one of the places exposed to that pressure.

The subpoena in Arizona was addressed to the Maricopa County Election Department, while the Wisconsin versions were addressed to Milwaukee and Dane clerks. All seek communication from June 1, 2020 through January 20, 2021.

Communications requested include those with Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien and other advisers, such as Boris Epshteyn. Identified attorneys include Trump campaign attorneys, such as Justin Clark and Matthew Morgan, as well as those serving in other capacities, such as John Eastman, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Cleta Mitchell.

Those three subpoenas, while issued by Smith, were also signed by assistant attorney Matt Burke.

Trump and key allies tried to stave off his narrow loss in six battleground states through a protracted pressure campaign. In Maricopa County, pressure was heavily directed at urging the GOP-controlled board of directors not to certify the results.

The Attack: The siege of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 was not a spontaneous act or an isolated event

Then-supervisor Steve Chucri, a Republican, has said he met Giuliani at the Capitol in mid to late November 2020. In December, Giuliani tried to reach Republican supervisors Bill Gates, Jack Sellers and Clint Hickman by phone. Days later, Trump himself twice attempted to talk to Hickman, then chairman of the board.

The calls came on December 31, 2020, when Hickman was dining with his wife and friends, and again on January 3, 2021, the same day The Post broke news of Trump’s conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Trump had urged Georgia’s election director to “find” enough votes to reverse his loss there.

Hickman, who had been told by Arizona Republican Party Chairman Kelli Ward to expect contact with Trump, let both calls go to voicemail. “Hello, sir. This is the White House operator I called to let you know that the president is available to take your call when you are free,” a voicemail said. “If you could please call us back, sir, that would be great. Have a nice evening.”

After the district administration finally ratified and formalized the election results, Trump and his allies tried to discredit them by favoring what would become a months-long inspection of ballots and voting equipment ordered by the GOP-led senate. That haphazard review in 2021 confirmed Trump’s loss.

Some of the figures named in the subpoena were involved in or encouraged that review.

Marley reported from Madison, Wis. and Wingett Sanchez of Phoenix. Matthew Brown in Atlanta and Rosalind S. Helderman, Perry Stein and Emma Brown in Washington contributed to this report.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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