The Justice Department (DOJ) has reportedly sent subpoenas to local officials in Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania counties amid a probe into potential efforts by former President Donald Trump and associates to overturn the 2020 election results, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Jack Smith, the new Merrick Garland-appointed special counsel overseeing DOJ investigations into Trump, sent a subpoena to Milwaukee County and Dane County, Wisconsin, in November to request communications between county officials and Trump, his campaign committee, advisers, lawyers and activists, naming former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova and others, the outlet reported. Officials in Arizona’s Maricopa County, Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County and Michigan’s Wayne County also reported receiving subpoenas.
A Maricopa County spokesperson claimed the county intended to comply with the subpoena sent to them, according to the WSJ. Wayne County received a subpoena, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson told The Associated Press.
Smith has recently served as a war crimes prosecutor in the Hague. He helped lead the 2014 federal corruption prosecution of former Republican Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, whose conviction was later reversed, and allegedly became a significant figure in the IRS’s conservative non-profit targeting scandal during the Obama administration as the DOJ Criminal Division Public Integrity Section’s then-chief.
Alongside the DOJ’s investigation into Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, the House’s Jan. 6 Select Committee has investigated alleged activities of this kind by allies of the former president. Trump has repeatedly insisted that the election was stolen from him, declaring his intention to run for president again in the 2024 election in November after the midterms.
The Milwaukee County and Wayne County clerks’ offices, the Maricopa County Elections Department and the Allegheny County government did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comment.