"Special counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed local officials in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin…for any and all communications with Trump, his campaign and a long list of aides and allies." https://t.co/brq8Zlws7J
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) December 6, 2022
John L. Smith has a considerable CV, which would indicate that he’s a very effective prosecutor, but not one much given to self-publicity:
… The requests for records arrived in Dane County, Wis.; Maricopa County, Ariz.; and Wayne County, Mich., late last week, and in Milwaukee on Monday, officials said. They are among the first known subpoenas issued since Smith was named last month by Attorney General Merrick Garland to oversee Trump-related aspects of the investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, as well as the criminal probe of Trump’s possible mishandling of classified documents at his Florida home and private club.
The subpoenas, at least three of which are dated Nov. 22, indicate that the Justice Department is extending its examination of the circumstances leading up to the Capitol attack to include local election officials and their potential interactions with the former president and his representatives related to the 2020 election…
The department’s long-running Jan. 6 investigation has moved beyond the large pool of people who directly took part in the bloody riot at the U.S. Capitol to focus on other aspects of the attempts to overturn the election results. Prosecutors are examining the fundraising, organizing and rhetoric that preceded the riot, and looking at failed efforts to authorize alternate slates of electors. They secured subpoenas this spring and summer for communications between Trump’s inner circle and scores of campaign officials, potential electors and others.
After Trump declared last month that he would again seek the White House in 2024, Garland appointed Smith, a longtime federal prosecutor who once headed the Justice Department’s public corruption section, to oversee the elements of the Jan. 6 investigation potentially related to the former president.
Smith also is overseeing the Mar-a-Lago criminal investigation, which began this spring, after months of disagreement between Trump and the National Archives and Records Administration over boxes of documents that followed the former president from the White House to Mar-a-Lago, his Florida residence and private club…
About those Mar-a-Lago boxes…
Scoop: items with classified markings found at Trump storage unit in Florida — showing Trump had documents not just at Mar-a-Lago and reemphasizing he did not fully comply with May subpoena. https://t.co/mY1ynGiPd5
— Rosalind Helderman (@PostRoz) December 7, 2022