Special Counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed state and local election officials in Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico and Pennsylvania as part of the Justice Department’s extensive investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The newly appointed special counsel, who was brought in last month to oversee several Justice Department (DOJ) cases involving former President Trump, had previously issued subpoenas to county officials in three other 2020 battlefield states: Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin.
A prominent figure in the 2020 election saga, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was served with a subpoena on Friday. Raffensperger rose to prominence after declining the former president’s requests to “find” 11,780 votes in the state — the margin of now President Biden’s victory — in a January 2021 appeal that was later leaked.
Raffensperger’s subpoena, as it was sent to other election officials, requested that he testify before the grand jury and produce all communications with Trump, his campaign and 19 other individuals, including former Trump attorneys John Eastman, Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell.
Election officials in Cobb County, Georgia also confirmed that they have received a subpoena from DOJ.
New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver received a subpoena in late November, around the same time as officials in Dane County, Wis., Maricopa County, Ariz., and Wayne County, Michigan.
The Justice Department also reportedly issued subpoenas to officials in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and Clark County, Nevada, according to The Washington Post.
Smith was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland on November 18 to take over the Trump-related aspects of the Justice Department’s investigation into efforts to block the 2020 transfer of power and the January 6, 2021 uprising, as well as the investigation to Trump’s possible mishandling of classified documents recovered from his Mar-a-Lago residence.