DOJ sues Georgia Republican Party chairman as it expands Trump’s fake election investigation

Written by Javed Iqbal

The summons to the president, David Shafer, represents a significant step because he played a key role in organizing the fake list of voters from Georgia and coordinated the effort with the Trump campaign.

Focus on Shafer also comes as sources tell CNN that the Department of Justice sued Trump voters this week in Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania – all states that former President Donald Trump lost.

The Justice Department has investigated the Trump campaign’s use of so-called deputies. The new round of subpoenas represents an escalation of a criminal investigation that had previously targeted lower-level Republicans. All the while, however, federal investigators have been pursuing information about political figures higher up, including at the top of the Trump campaign.

In the weeks following the 2020 election and up to January 6, 2021, Trump’s allies sent fake election lists to the National Archives, declaring that the then president had won seven states, which he actually lost. The bid failed, and then-Vice President Mike Pence confirmed Joe Biden’s election victory on January 6, after rioters were cleared out of the US capital.

Just this week, a separate study by the House of Representatives committee highlighted that some lawyers working on the Trump campaign had directed efforts to convene Trump’s fake billboards in battlefield states he lost.

CNN previously reported the criminal investigation sought information from Republicans in several states, including Georgia and Michigan, who had withdrawn from serving as Trump voters.

In this latest round of lawsuits, the targets are people who have signed on the illegitimate boards, sources say.

Shafer did not respond to a request for comment. He is now involved in three separate investigations – the congressional inquiry of 6. January, a criminal case in Fulton County, Georgia, and the Department of Justice investigation.

Another source said the FBI was looking for information, including the contents of a phone call, from Brad Carver, one of Georgia’s fake voters. The FBI has also sought information about Georgia Republicans who participated in a private Signal chat leading up to the 2020 election, the source said.

Carver did not respond to further requests for comment.

This story has been updated with further details.

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