As the criminal probe into his alleged efforts to rig the election looks to be picking up steam, the U.S. Department of Justice has reportedly taken the cellphones of two of previous President Donald Trump’s closest advisors and served subpoenas to 40 others connected to him.
The latest actions by the DOJ are said to be “some of the most aggressive measures the agency has taken so far in its criminal probe,” according to the New York Times, into the circumstances surrounding the incident on January 6, 2021.
According to the story, the phones of strategist Mike Roman and attorney Boris Epshteyn, who had been allegedly involved in a plan to select phony pro-Trump electors in states that voted for President Joe Biden, were taken.
Other people who were subpoenaed, according to the source, were former Trump social networking administrator Dan Scavino and former Nypd commissioner Bernard Kerik.
According to The New York Times, the subpoenas asked for “documents or communications from those who planned, spoke at, or provided the security for Mr. Trump’s event at the Ellipse.” They also asked for details about any members of the executive and legislative branches who may have been involved in organizing the rally or carrying it out or who might have attempted to ‘obstruct, hinder, hamper, or postpone’ the certifying of the presidential election.
State legislators in areas where Trump operatives reportedly attempted to install phony pro-Trump electors have already been served with subpoenas.
According to reports, subpoenas were issued to Trump allies Jeffrey Clark, Rudy Giuliani, and John Eastman early this summer.
Trump is currently under investigation for a number of criminal offenses, with the probe into how he handled sensitive U.S. government documents gaining the greatest attention in the wake of the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Subpoenas were issued by a different federal grand jury in relation to an inquiry into Trump’s Save America PAC.
The former president collected millions of dollars while making untrue statements about the election, prompting the subpoenas for testimony to provide facts about the organization’s internal operations.
According to speculation, the probe is examining “whether Save America PAC had deceived funders by false concerns about electoral fraud.”
In addition, there are criminal investigations into Trump’s business activities in New York and alleged attempts to tamper with the 2020 election results in Georgia.