Special Counsel Jack Smith has issued a subpoena to GOP Bradford Jay Raffensperger, State Secretary of Georgia, as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s inquiry into Trump’s unprecedented attempts to reverse the 2020 Presidential election outcomes and the Capitol Hill riot on 6th January last year.
Merrick Brian Garland, the United States Attorney General, appointed Jack Smith as independent Special Counsel on 18 November 2022. A spokesperson with Raffensperger’s office, Mike Hassinger, confirmed that the Georgia State Secretary’s Office had received a witness summons from Special Counsel. Additionally, the public information officer with Raffensperger’s office stated in an e-mail to CNN that at DOJ’s request, they’ve no further remarks.
According to media reports, just two working days later, Jack Smith’s Office issued new summons – with an apparent emphasis on fake-electors plot associated with the recent U.S. Presidential election – as part of the intensifying criminal inquiry into the former President’s activities around Jan. 6.
Furthermore, the federal grand jury occupation expands on previous probe measures the DOJ had taken to know regarding aggressive efforts by an ex-American leader, Donald John Trump, and his associates in swing states after the Presidential contest.
DOJ Issues Subpoenas to Officials in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona
Since Thanksgiving, Special Counsel has brought several Trump allies before a grand panel of judges in the Capital, including three of the former President’s staunch allies, two ex-White House attorneys, and Trump’s White House speechwriting director, Stephen Miller. And Merrick Garland-appointed special counsel also subpoenaed several election representatives in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona states for all exchanges with Mr. Trump, his Presidential campaign, and several advisers and associates, according to multiple reliable sources.
On December 6, Stephen Miller, ex-Senior Policy Advisor to the President Trump, returned for another appearance in front of he grand panel of judges inquiring about Capitol Hill attack, and unsuccessful attempts to til the outcomes of the last Presidential election.
According to multiple sources and local officials, the requests for responsive documents were obtained by the officials in Michigan’s Wayne County and Wisconsin’s Dane County recently. Moreover, Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County and Arizona’s Maricopa County received witness summons, as confirmed by the County officials.
The Communications Director for Maricopa County told CNN through e-mail that Maricopa County has received the DOJ’s subpoena and will obey. However, Field Moseley refused to provide answers to other queries. In the meantime, George Christenson, Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County Clerk, told media that his Office is looking for documents and information associated with nineteen individuals named in witness summons, in addition to the former U.S. President and his campaign.