DOJ Special Counsel Just Issued Subpoenas In Four States Trump Tried To Overturn–And We See Where This Is Going
Jack Smith issues subpoenas in Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in Trump's fake electors scheme.
On November 18, United States Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the appointment of Department of Justice (DoJ) former career prosecutor Jack Smith as Special Counsel.
Smith came to the new appointment from The Hague United Nations International Court of Justice where he investigated and prosecuted war crimes in Kosovo.
A release from the DoJ on November 18 stated Smith would oversee two ongoing criminal investigations.
"The first is the investigation, as described in court filings in the District of Columbia, into whether any person or entity unlawfully interfered with the transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election or the certification of the Electoral College vote held on or about January 6, 2021."
"The second is the ongoing investigation involving classified documents and other presidential records, as well as the possible obstruction of that investigation, referenced and described in court filings submitted in a pending matter in the Southern District of Florida."
The first publicly known grand jury subpoenas appear to address the first investigation into attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Dated on or around November 22, the subpoenas were received by local officials in Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
\u201c"Special counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed local officials in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin...for any and all communications with Trump, his campaign and a long list of aides and allies." https://t.co/brq8Zlws7J\u201d— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1670349799
Subpoenas were specifically issued to Milwaukee and Dane counties in Wisconsin; Wayne County, Michigan; Maricopa County, Arizona and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Legal experts speculate the requests also relate to the events leading up to the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021 in addition to the lists of false electors created by the GOP in some states.
\u201cCONFIRMED: DOJ has subpoenaed Trump-related comms from state and county election officials around the country.\n\nThe clerk in Dane County, WI tells us he\u2019s sending responsive documents today. \n\nhttps://t.co/bWZiPZJ8HQ\u201d— Kyle Cheney (@Kyle Cheney) 1670355945
\u201cRound up all the traitors \ud83d\udc47\n\nSpecial counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed local election officials in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin for communication with Trump and his allies during the lead up to the 2020 election and its aftermath.\n\n#TrumpCoupAttempt\n\nhttps://t.co/Xi43i3UAys\u201d— Democratic Coalition (@Democratic Coalition) 1670363237
The Special Counsel subpoenas request information about local election officials and any interactions from June 1, 2020, and Jan. 20, 2021 related to the 2020 election with former Republican President Donald Trump, his employees, any agents acting on his behalf and attorneys for his campaign.
\u201cRounding up the crime ring: New DOJ subpoenas target election officials in Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona and Pennsylvania \ud83d\udc47\n\n#TrumpCrimeFamily\n\nhttps://t.co/79X8Tti6l8\u201d— Democratic Coalition (@Democratic Coalition) 1670537414
\u201cSpecial Counsel Smith zeroing in.\n\nSubpoenas' explicit reference to communications with Donald Trump.\n\nFrom WaPo: "Justice Dept. subpoenas Ariz, Mich, Wis officials for Trump communications"\nhttps://t.co/ZAWfVZaIxL\n\nvia @AmyEGardner @isaacstanbecker @yvonnewingett @patrickdmarle\u201d— Ryan Goodman (@Ryan Goodman) 1670349920
After seeing who was named on the subpoenas, people had suggestions for who should also get a missive from Jack Smith.
\u201c@SBethlenfalvay @Intheprezent @rgoodlaw @AmyEGardner @isaacstanbecker @yvonnewingett Don't forget the members of Congress that were involved that day...they deserve to be held accountable as well. \nTrump said: "What I\u2019m just asking you to do is say it was corrupt and just leave the rest up to me and the Republican congressmen.\u201d\n\nhttps://t.co/zWGceCG3oQ\u201d— Ryan Goodman (@Ryan Goodman) 1670349920
\u201c@menocchio8 @rgoodlaw @AmyEGardner @isaacstanbecker @yvonnewingett I bet they will b part of committee referral. It will come if JS is getting to the bottom of it all\u201d— Ryan Goodman (@Ryan Goodman) 1670349920
\u201c@JoanPeaceLocke @rgoodlaw @JoyceWhiteVance @AmyEGardner @isaacstanbecker @yvonnewingett Not a lawyer. The list is all attorney based. I\u2019m sure the clown car of lackeys will be scooped up in the dross after all is sorted. Think of them as scummy chaff.\u201d— Ryan Goodman (@Ryan Goodman) 1670349920
\u201c@Stahl4Congress @JoyceWhiteVance The FBI subpoenaed her months ago. I would expect her to be interviewed multiple times. \n"The FBI subpoenaed Karen Fann and Kelly Townsend ..."\nhttps://t.co/Otp78lq3GN\u201d— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1670349799
Sympathy for anyone who participated in the insurrection or attempts to overturn the election was sparse online.
There is someone who wishes to have a word with you. pic.twitter.com/WXeUq2EhfQ
— Wolverine 2024 🇺🇦 (@WolverineResist) December 6, 2022
In his appointment memo for Special Counsel Jack Smith, AG Garland stated:
"Based on recent developments, including the former President’s announcement that he is a candidate for President in the next election, and the sitting President’s stated intention to be a candidate as well, I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint a special counsel."
“Such an appointment underscores the Department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters. It also allows prosecutors and agents to continue their work expeditiously, and to make decisions indisputably guided only by the facts and the law.”
“Although the Special Counsel will not be subject to the day-to-day supervision of any official of the Department, he must comply with the regulations, procedures, and policies of the Department. I will ensure that the Special Counsel receives the resources to conduct this work quickly and completely."
"Given the work done to date and Mr. Smith’s prosecutorial experience, I am confident that this appointment will not slow the completion of these investigations."
"The men and women who are pursuing these investigations are conducting themselves in accordance with the highest standards of professionalism. I could not be prouder of them."
"I strongly believe that the normal processes of this Department can handle all investigations with integrity."
"And I also believe that appointing a Special Counsel at this time is the right thing to do. The extraordinary circumstances presented here demand it."
"Mr. Smith is the right choice to complete these matters in an even-handed and urgent manner."
Special Counsel Smith resigned as the chief prosecutor for the special court in The Hague investigating and adjudicating war crimes in Kosovo.