In Trump’s election survey, the Justice Department is issuing several subpoenas

Written by Javed Iqbal

The Justice Department stepped up its criminal investigation into a plan by Donald J. Trump and his allies to create so-called fake electoral lists in an attempt to keep Mr. Trump in power during the 2020 election, when federal agents delivered subpoenas to the grand jury Wednesday at least three people associated with the plan.

One of those who received a subpoena, according to two people familiar with the case, was Brad Carver, a lawyer and official from the Georgia Republican Party, who claimed to be one of Mr. Trump’s voters in the state, which was won by Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Another petitioner was Thomas Lane, an official who worked on behalf of Mr. Trump’s campaign in Arizona and New Mexico, people said.

A third person, Sean Flynn, a Trump campaign assistant in Michigan, also received a subpoena, according to people familiar with the matter. The issuance of new subpoenas was first reported by The Washington Post.

None of the three men could be reached for comment on the subpoenas.

The fake election plan is in focus for one of two well-known branches of the Justice Department’s broad jury investigation of Mr. Trump’s multiple and locked-in attempts to undermine the election. The other has focused on a broad crowd of political organizers, White House aides and members of Congress connected in various ways with Mr. Trump’s fire speech near the White House, which preceded the storm of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

This latest round of activity in the Ministry of Justice’s inquiry came amid Parliament’s committee’s high – profile hearings on Mr. Trump’s efforts to reverse the election outcome. It also comes less than a month after a previous round of subpoenas by the grand jury, which revealed that prosecutors have sought information about the role a group of pro-Trump lawyers played in the fake election campaign. These attorneys included Rudolph W. Giuliani, John Eastman, Boris Epshteyn, Jenna Ellis, Kenneth Chesebro, James Troupis, and Justin Clark.

The subpoenas, issued by a grand jury in Washington, have also sought records and information about other pro-Trump figures such as Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner and a longtime ally of Mr. Giuliani.

Many of the lawyers mentioned in the summonses were also mentioned on Tuesday at the public hearing of Parliament’s committee Mr. Trump’s extensive press campaign to persuade government officials to help him stay in office.

At the hearing, the committee for the first time linked Mr Trump directly to the plan and introduced a recorded statement from Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, in which she recounted how Mr Trump called her and put Mr Eastman. on the phone “to talk about the importance of the RNC helping the campaign bring together these contingent voters.”

The first subpoenas in the false election inquiry were largely sent to people in important swing states who almost participated in the plan but eventually did not do so for various reasons. This new round of subpoenas appears to be the first time Trump campaign officials have been brought into the investigation, marking a small but potentially significant step closer to Mr Trump himself.

The plan to create pro-Trump voters in states won by Mr. The bite was among the earliest and most comprehensive of several plans from Mr. Trump and his allies about overthrowing the election results. It involved lawyers, government officials, the White House and campaign assistants and members of Congress.

The plan was developed when Mr. Trump and his allies sought to advance baseless allegations of widespread electoral fraud in key swing states and persuade government officials to reverse their certification of Mr. Trump. Biden’s victory. It was intended to have the pro-Trump boards in place when Vice President Mike Pence oversaw the official certification of electoral votes during a joint congressional session on January 6, 2021.

Mr. Trump and others close to him launched a relentless effort in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6 to persuade Mr. Pence to either count the pro-Trump voters and give Mr. Trump a victory in Electoral College or to declare that the election was uncertain because competing electoral lists had been received in several states.

The idea was to buy Mr. Trump more time to pursue his baseless allegations of fraud or potentially send the election to the House of Representatives, where each state delegation would get a single vote. Because more delegations were controlled by Republicans than by Democrats, Mr. Trump could have won.

Adam Goldman and Glenn Thrush contributed with reporting.

About the author

Javed Iqbal

Leave a Comment