Jack Smith, the special counsel, has issued subpoenas to election officials in seven states that were crucial to former President Trump and his associates in the 2020 election.
Smith, who was appointed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) last month to examine charges that Trump attempted to alter the 2020 presidential election, issued subpoenas to state and local election officials in Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania.
Smith has previously been reported to have sent subpoenas to election officials in Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Here is what we know about the subpoenaed states.
Friday, Smith submitted a subpoena to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R).
Trump contacted Raffensperger in early 2021 and requested that he “find” 11,780 votes in Georgia, a request that was eventually denied.
The Trump campaign’s lawsuit contesting the 2020 election against Raffensperger and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) was dismissed by the court.
In Georgia, Smith also subpoenaed election officials from the Atlanta metropolitan area’s Cobb County.
A county clerk in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, was served with a subpoena requesting any communications between the Trump campaign and election authorities through January 2021.
Trump filed at least eight lawsuits contesting the election results in Arizona, but they were all dismissed.
Maricopa County performed a third-party audit of the 2020 election, which did not uncover substantial fraud.
Smith also issued subpoenas to Clark County election authorities, which covers Las Vegas.
Clark County was in the forefront of Trump’s criticism in Nevada when he claimed that deceased people had cast ballots in the 2020 election, prompting election authorities in the county to deny the assertion.
Trump launched a lawsuit in Nevada challenging the “illegal” ballots, which the court rejected.
Additionally, a subpoena was sent to a county clerk in Wayne County, Michigan, requesting any communications between the Trump campaign and election authorities.
The Trump campaign attempted in vain to prevent certification of votes counted in Wayne County, the most Democratic county in the state.
Similar to Arizona and Michigan, the subpoena requests contacts between the Trump campaign and election authorities from the county clerk in Dane County.
Dane County conducted a recount in November 2020, but was unable to swing the state in Trump’s favor.
The lawsuits launched by the Trump campaign in Wisconsin were likewise unsuccessful.
Smith subpoenaed Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver in late November (D).
Trump launched a lawsuit against New Mexico and Oliver in December 2020, alleging that the state’s unsupervised use of absentee vote drop boxes led to an unlawful election.
Eventually, the Trump campaign withdrew the complaint.
Also subpoenaed were election officials in Allegheny County, which contains Pittsburgh.
Allegheny County played a crucial role in President Biden’s 59 percent win in Pennsylvania.
The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit against Pennsylvania highlighting concerns about mail-in votes, but the complaint was rejected by the judge.