Special Counsel Subpoenas Officials In Three States

December 6, 2022

Special counsel Jack Smith subpoenaed local officials in three states central to former President Trump’s failed plan to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election—Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Smith requested any and all communications officials had with Trump. The requests for records were received in Maricopa County, AZ; Wayne County, MI and Dane County, WI late last week. Milwaukee officials said they received a request on Tuesday this week. 

At least three of the subpoenas are dated November 22. They show that Smith, who was named Special Counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland on November 18,  is extending the DOJ’s investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol to include local election officials and their potential communications with the former President and his representatives. 

“I’m happy to participate in this process,” Milwaukee clerk George Christenson told The Washington Post. He added, however, that he is not aware of any communications with his office that have not already been made public. 

Dane County clerk Scott McDonnell also confirmed to the Post his office received the subpoena and echoed the sentiment that he was not aware of any communications not already made public. 

A spokesperson for Maricopa County, meanwhile, said, “We have received the subpoena and will comply.”

Details of the Michigan subpoena, confirmed by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, were not immediately available. 

The DOJ did not respond to the Post’s request for comment. 

The revelation of the Special Counsel’s subpoenas comes the same day the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol has announced it has decided to make criminal referrals to the DOJ.

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