More than 30 people associated with former President Donald Trump and alleged efforts to influence the results of the 2020 election have received subpoenas from the federal grand jury, four sources told CBS News.
The subpoenas, many of which were issued last week, mark a significant escalation in the Justice Department’s investigation into the origins of theand other alleged attempts to stop the transfer of power to then-President-elect Joe Biden. A source familiar with the case characterized the investigation as huge.
The Justice Department is examining how the money was raised and spent in alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election; efforts to present bogus “alternate” constituents to Congress from states lost by Trump; and the “Stop The Steal” rally held at the Ellipse, adjacent to the White House grounds, on Jan. 6, just before the Capitol riots.
The Justice Department’s investigation into possiblefound on Trump’s property in Florida is a separate matter.
Those who received subpoenas included employees and contractors of the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, including election observers, according to two sources familiar with the subpoenas. Sources said the identities of those cited ranged from family names to low-level field staff members, mostly unknown.
CBS News has confirmed that Trump’s close adviser The New York Times reported last week that former White House senior advisers Stephen Miller and Brian Jack also received subpoenas.via email last week. Y
Jack and an attorney for Russell did not respond to a request for comment. Miller declined to comment through an intermediary.
FBI personnel served several of the subpoenas early Wednesday and Thursday morning, the sources said, adding that in at least two cases, agents executed search warrants that allowed them to seize people’s cellphones.
Virginia-based attorney David A. Warrington, who said he represents about a dozen clients who have been issued subpoenas, said the FBI was “very professional” in serving its clients. He added that the subpoenas clients received from him are almost identical, describing them as lengthy documents divided into sections and subsections. They cover issues related to “alternate” voters and the December 14 and January 6 voter certification deadlines, PAC Save America fundraising, and the January 6 “Stop the Steal” rally, but not subsequent riots.
The subpoenas require people to provide documents and any communications between themselves and Trump allies like Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Sidney Powell and Bernie Kerik, Warrington said. The subpoenas also require the recipients to provide any communication with dozens of people who appeared on the phony voter rolls.
At least some of the subpoenas require recipients to appear before a grand jury on September 23 in Washington, DC district court, Warrington said.
Mother and daughter, Amy and Kylie Kremer, received citations last week, according to Warrington. They are listed as “hosts” on the National Park Service permit for the Ellipse rally on January 6, 2021.
They are both part of Women for America First, which on its website tells visitors to “Help us fight the January 6 Committee and the Department of Justice!” Warrington said the Kremers are not connected to the capitol riot that followed the rally.