DOJ Escalates Trump Fake Elector Probe With Grand Jury Subpoenas

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In 2020, Donald Trump, the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice and tried to thwart a democratic election through force, pressure, and attacks by his supporters against lawmakers to stop the certification of President Joe Biden. Those who helped him in trying to do so are now being subpoenaed to testify in front of the Department of Justice.

Sen. Kelly Townsend (R-AZ) and president of the Arizona Senate Karen Fann were subpoenaed in June by the Department of Justice to testify and turn over documents related to the fake electors scheme in support of Trump’s Big Lie, the one that says he really did win the 2020 presidential election against Joe Biden but his victory was stolen from him by Democrats, Republican secretaries of state, the Never Trumpers, election officials and volunteers, Italy, and the long-dead president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.

The two are being compelled to testify and turn in requested documents “the signing or mailing of any document purporting to be a Certificate certifying Elector votes in favor of Donald J. Trump and/or Michael R. Pence.” The investigation is ever-expanding to address the many, many people involved in Trump’s scheme to reinstall himself in the White House.

The Washington Post reports that:

‘The documents released Monday cast a wide net for any communications that Fann and Townsend may have had with any member of the executive or legislative branch of the federal government; any representative or agent of Trump or his campaign; or Trump boosters Jenna Ellis, Bernard Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, Boris Epshteyn, James Troupis, Joe DiGenova, John Eastman, Joshua Findlay, Justin Clark, Kenneth Chesebro, Mike Roman or Victoria Toensing.’

Fann ordered the audit by a non-reputable agency and worked to convince voters that the election had been stolen. Townsend attempted to overturn the democratic election by writing to Vice President Pence to declare the election fraudulent and keep Trump in power. Fann and Townsend are one of many who have been subpoenaed to testify.

‘Separately, a grand jury in Washington examining Jan. 6 heard testimony Friday from Marc Short, the former chief of staff to Pence, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation. Short’s grand jury appearance was first reported by ABC News. He testified on the same day that a jury in the federal courthouse convicted longtime Trump confidant Stephen K. Bannon of contempt of Congress for refusing to provide information to the U.S. House committee investigating Jan. 6.’

Fann and Townsend were part of a scheme to submit documents declaring themselves the correct slate of electors from Arizona, along with others in swing states.  After the document was send to the National Archives, their actions constituted a federal crime.

‘Some within Trump’s orbit, particularly Eastman, a law professor, had advocated offering new slates of “Trump electors” to challenge the electors in key states, such as Arizona, that Trump won in 2016 but lost in 2020. The scheme failed in part because even GOP-controlled state legislatures did not endorse the effort.’