The Special Counsel in charge of monitoring criminal investigations into Donald Trump sent subpoenas to Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin authorities last week seeking any conversations with the former president or his friends.
The Washington Post reports that Jack Smith’s first reported subpoenas in the Trump probe want communication information from Dane County, Wisconsin; Maricopa County, Arizona; Wayne County, Michigan; and Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
Attorney General Merrick Garland named Smith as the Special Counsel in charge of the criminal investigation into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents last month. This follows a series of scandalous actions taken by the Democratic administration against their Republican political opponent.
According to media reports, Smith is also intensifying the Justice Department’s investigation into the events at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 – consistent with the Democrat-dominated January 6 select committee’s agenda to demonstrate that Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election led to violence on that day.
Tuesday, Milwaukee clerk George Christenson confirmed the subpoena and provided a copy to The Post, stating, ‘I’m happy to participate in this process.’
The Daily Mail reported on the matter with more details:
“The subpoenas specifically name Trump, as well as some of his employees, agents and attorneys for his 2020 campaign, and ask for communication between local officials and these individuals.
The states where subpoenas were issued — Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin — were all crucial to Trump’s unsuccessful efforts to alter the results of the 2020 presidential election and remain in power after President Joe Biden’s victory.
Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell verified receiving a subpoena comparable to the one issued in Milwaukee to Christenson.
‘I am not aware of any significant communications that have not already been made public,’ McDonell said.
A Maricopa County spokesperson, Fields Moseley, said: ‘We have received a subpoena and will comply.’
The subpoenas demand that counties in the states turn up all communications between local authorities and Trump and his advisors and friends before to the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
The special counsel was chosen after months of tensions over the probe into Trump’s transfer of papers to his Mar-a-Lago estate and efforts by the former president’s attorneys to influence the selection process.
Fox News obtained further information on the conflict of interest of Smith’s nomination to probe Trump.
“Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson are accusing Attorney General Merrick Garland of ignoring potential conflicts of interest posed by naming Jack Smith as special counsel to oversee the investigations into former President Trump, and they say that the Justice Department has a double standard when deciding which cases qualify for the appointment of a special counsel.
Grassley and Johnson argued in a letter to Garland sent Wednesday that Smith, a former Justice Department official, has “overtly political and professional connections” related to people involved in the case, and they say the special counsel statute is not being applied evenly and without regard for partisan affiliation.
Garland appointed Smith in November to oversee the investigation 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” and the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s potential mishandling of classified information.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
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