Top Trump Cabinet Members Subpoenaed By Special Counsel Jack Smith

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Special Counsel Jack Smith was assigned a complicated and multi-layered case, investigating crimes carried out often in public but involving numerous charges, departments of the government, and government officials. As his investigation into both Trump’s handling of classified documents and his attempts to stage a coup continue, the twice-impeached ex-president’s top officials and cabinet members are finding themselves at the center of Jack Smith’s probe.

Former national security adviser Robert O’Brien was the latest to receive a subpoena from the special counsel. CNN reports that O’Brien received that subpoena after exerting executive privilege claims to avoid testifying on the matters before.

According to CNN:

‘O’Brien considered resigning from his post over Trump’s response to the violence on January 6, 2021, but ultimately decided to remain in the job, CNN previously reported. The National Security Council should have been involved in the handling of classified documents at end of the Trump presidency, and O’Brien may have knowledge of how those records ended up at Mar-a-Lago.’

Recently, Trump’s former acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf was called in for questioning on the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol Building. Wolf openly criticized the violence committed that day, calling it “tragic and sickening,” and pressed the Trump administration to condemn the violence publicly.

Bloomberg reported that:

‘Wolf sat for a four-hour recorded discussion under oath a few weeks ago with several FBI agents and Justice Department lawyers rather than appear before a federal grand jury.’

Wolf’s deputy Ken Cuccinelli testified before a federal grand jury about the attempts by Trump to interfere in the election process, some of which has already been made public. Reports have already been circulated about Trump’s phone calls pressuring state officials to “find” votes in his favor, the fake slates of electors that were organized to falsify documents certifying Trump’s victory, and the ex-president’s incitement of an insurrection.

According to CNN:

‘His appearance at the federal courthouse on Thursday suggests that prosecutors are continuing to look into high-level conversations within the Trump administration after the election, and may build upon other testimony of top White House officials who have appeared before the grand jury.’