More than 30 people associated with former President Donald Trump and alleged efforts to influence the results of the 2020 election have received federal grand jury subpoenas, four sources told CBS News.
The subpoenas, many of which were issued last week, mark a significant escalation in the Justice Department’s investigation into the origins of theand other alleged attempts to prevent the transfer of power to then-President-elect Joe Biden. A source familiar with the matter described the investigation as huge.
The Justice Department is investigating how the money was raised and spent on alleged attempts to nullify the 2020 election; efforts to subjugate bogus “substitute” voters to Congress from states lost to Trump; and the “Stop The Steal” rally held at the Ellipse, adjacent to the White House grounds, on January 6, just before the Capitol riot.
The Department of Justice’s investigation into possiblefound in Trump’s estate in Florida is another matter.
Those who received subpoenas included employees and contractors of the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee — including poll watchers — according to two sources familiar with subpoenas. The sources said the identities of those subpoenaed range from household names to mostly unknown low-level field staff.
CBS News has confirmed that a close Trump aide The New York Times reported last week that former White House senior aides Stephen Miller and Brian Jack had also received subpoenas.by email last week. And
Jack and a lawyer for Russell did not respond to a request for comment. Miller declined to comment through an intermediary.
FBI personnel served several of the subpoenas early Wednesday and Thursday mornings last Wednesday and Thursday, the sources said, adding that in at least two cases officers executed search warrants allowing them to seize individuals’ cellphones. .
Virginia-based attorney David A. Warrington, who said he represents about a dozen clients who received subpoenas, said the FBI was “very professional” when serving clients. He added that the subpoenas his clients have received are almost identical, describing them as long documents divided into sections and subsections. They cover issues related to “substitute” voters and election certification deadlines on Dec. 14 and Jan. 6, fundraising by the Save America PAC, and the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally — but not the riot. who followed.
The subpoenas require individuals to provide documents and any communication between them and Trump allies like Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Sidney Powell and Bernie Kerik, Warrington said. The subpoenas also require recipients to provide any communication with dozens of individuals who appeared on fake voter lists.
At least some of the subpoenas require the recipients to appear before a grand jury on Sept. 23 at the Washington, DC, District Courthouse, Warrington said.
Mother and daughter Amy and Kylie Kremer received subpoenas last week, according to Warrington. They are listed as “host(s)” on the National Park Service permit for the January 6, 2021 Ellipse Rally.
Both are part of Women for America First, which on its website tells visitors to “Help us fight the January 6 Committee and the DOJ!” Warrington said the Kremers were not connected to the Capitol riot that followed the rally.