A grand jury has subpoenaed several aides of former President Donald TrumpMultiple people familiar with the matter told CBS News.
It is not yet clear how many summons were issued.
The Justice Department is looking into the Trump team’s fundraising and how that money was used between the 2020 presidential election and January 6, 2021. This investigation is separate from the investigation into the former president’s handling of classified documents, which resulted inlast month.
The department’s investigation into the attack on the Capitol has intensified over the past week.
A close Trump adviser received a subpoena related to the investigation on Wednesday.
Russell, 31, was often seen at Trump’s side, serving as the White House’s deputy director of advances and trips. He was with the former president on the day of the riot and moved to Florida to continue working for Trump after his presidency.
FBI personnel visited Russell’s Florida home for questioning Wednesday morning, but he was out, according to a person familiar with the matter. Investigators later reached out to him over the phone and sent a summons via email.
Russell’s attorney, Derek Ross, did not respond to a request for comment.
Russell, a Mississippi native, began working at the White House in 2017.
A spokesman for Trump criticized the investigation, claiming the Justice Department was attempting to “intimidate” supporters of the former president.
“It won’t work. Save America is more committed than ever to working for freedom, free and fair elections, equal justice under the law, stronger borders, safer streets, energy independence, great education, and more,” Liz said Harrington, the spokesman.