Justice Department subpoenas county elections officials for Trump communications

Special Counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed local election officials in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin for communications with former President Donald Trump, his campaign and several attorneys and aides associated with his 2020 presidential campaign.

The request is dated Nov. 22, according to elections officials in Maricopa, Dane and Milwaukee counties, who confirmed the request for documents to CBS News. These summons mark some of the first summons issued by Smith, which were hired last month to oversee the investigation by Attorney General Merrick Garland into the events surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection and Mr. Trump’s handling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonnell of Wisconsin confirmed that he had received a subpoena.

He told CBS News that his office would be complying with the subpoena by the end of the day. McDonnell says her only interaction with the Trump campaign was with Jim Troupis, an attorney who ran the former president’s reelection effort in Wisconsin.

“We had someone transcribe all [communications] during the recount, so there are some things out there that could potentially be of interest,” McDonnell said. “I don’t know. But it’s not new.”

California Congressman Adam Schiff told reporters he was encouraged by the action already taken by the special counsel. They believe that the speed at which Smith is working indicates that he is working with the Justice Department team that is working the cases, so investigators don’t have to “start from scratch”. Will have to He added, “It also indicates that the special counsel is particularly interested, I think, in the fraudulent election conspiracy that is in these key battleground states, Donald Trump and others, to further drive people to this Organizing the plan. fake certificates of electors In the hope of stalling the joint session or at least delaying the outcome.”

Fields Moseley, a spokesman for Maricopa County, also confirmed to CBS News, “We have received a subpoena and we will comply.”

Election officials said the request essentially worked the same way as a Freedom of Information Act request but was clearly “ordered by a court.” All three county officials expressed their willingness to comply immediately.

Milwaukee County spokesman Eddie Cullen confirmed receipt of the subpoenas, and Milwaukee County Clerk George Christensen plans to hold a news conference later Tuesday afternoon.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson confirmed that subpoenas had been issued to Wayne County.

The Washington Post first reported the summons.

Rebecca Kaplan contributed to this report.

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