Special Counsel Jack Smith has hit the ground running toward Donald Trump by subpoenaing Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin election officials.
Smith was digging into Trump’s alleged illegal attempt to steal the 2020 presidential election with his failed coup. Second, the special counsel was working on the former POTUS’ alleged theft of classified and top secret files:
‘The Arizona subpoena went to Maricopa County’s Elections Department. The Wisconsin one went to the Milwaukee and Dane clerks. All want communications from June 1, 2020, through January 20, 2021.’
Those communications were with the Trump Campaign Manager Bill Stepien and other top advisers such as, “Jon Eastman, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Cleta Mitchell.”
Three of the subpoenas were issued on November 22 to encompass what preceded the January 6 attack. Not only were local officials subpoenaed, but Smith also widened his visage to include employees, agents, and campaign attorneys.
Milwaukee clerk George Christenson said, according to The Washington Post:
‘I’m happy to participate in this process.’
The subpoena requested communications “with Trump and his campaign, including several key allies.”
Christenson said he did not know about “any communications with the former president that have not already been made public.” He did say:
‘[F]ederal investigators have been on the lookout for additional details about Trump’s presidential campaign to convene illegitimate electors in key battleground states that Joe Biden narrowly won.’
Michigan official Scott McDonnell said:
‘I am not aware of any significant communications that have not already been made public.’
A spokesperson for Maricopa County Fields Moseley said:
‘We have received a subpoena and will comply.’
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has an ongoing investigation into Trump’s theft of nationally vital files. The National Archives and Records Administration tried to get the files returned, but to no avail:
‘According to the court documents, over 300 documents marked classified were eventually recovered from Trump’s home, more than 100 of them taken during an August 8 FBI search of the property. Some contained extremely sensitive government secrets.’
The Special Counsel’s January 6 investigation has expanded beyond those who came to the Capitol that day and into those who organized it, raised funds for it, and used the “apocalyptic language that preceded that violent assault.”
In addition, the investigation also considered the “fake” alternative electors scheme meant to throw the election to Trump.
Jack Smith replaced David Schwendiman at The Hague, who wrote this about the new special counsel, according to The Salt Lake Tribune:
‘On November 18, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Jack Smith as special counsel and gave him independent responsibility for two criminal investigations affecting former President Donald Trump. Appointing a special counsel was the right thing to do. It was done at the right time. Jack Smith is the right person for the job.
‘Jack Smith replaced me in The Hague when I left in April 2018. The job we both had in The Hague was to investigate and, if the evidence met our strict standard for charging, to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Kosovo’s leaders in 1998, 1999 and 2000 during Kosovo’s fight for independence from Serbia.’
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