The Justice Department has stepped up its criminal investigation into President Donald J. Trump and his allies’ plan to create lists of so-called fake voters in an effort to keep Mr. Trump took power during the 2020 election, as federal agents served grand jury subpoenas on Wednesday for at least four people connected to the plan.
Among those who received a subpoena, according to two people familiar with the matter, was Brad Carver, a lawyer and Republican Party official in Georgia who claimed to be one of Mr. Trump voters in the state, won by Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Thomas Lane was another subpoena, an official acting on behalf of Mr. People said Trump campaigned in Arizona and New Mexico.
A third person, Sean Flynn, a Trump campaign aide in Michigan, also obtained a subpoena, according to people familiar with the matter.
A fourth subpoena was issued to David Schaeffer, the head of the Georgia Republican Party, who was also a mock voter for Mr. trump card.
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the master. Schaeffer’s lawyer declined to comment. None of the other three men could be reached for comment on the subpoenas.
The newspaper “Washington Post” earlier reported the issuance of new subpoenas.
The fake voter plan is the focus of one of two well-known points in the Justice Department’s grand jury investigation into Mr. Trump’s multiple and intertwined attempts to sabotage the elections. The other focused on a wide range of political regulators, White House aides and members of Congress connected in various ways with Mr. Trump’s inflammatory speech near the White House preceding the January 3 storming of the Capitol. 6, 2021.
The latest round of the Justice Department’s investigation came in the middle of the House of Representatives on January 3rd. 6 high-level committee hearings on mr. Trump’s efforts to reverse the election results.
It also comes less than a month after an earlier round of grand jury subpoenas revealed that prosecutors were seeking information about any role a group of pro-Trump lawyers may have played in the sham voter effort. These attorneys include Rudolph W. Giuliani, John Eastman, Boris Epstein, Gina Ellis, Kenneth Chesbro, James Tropes and Justin Clark. Although the testimony of the House committee has provided evidence of the roles of some of them in the plan, including Mr. Giuliani, Mr. eastman and mr. Chesbro, it is not clear what role, if any, others might play.
The subpoenas, issued by a grand jury in Washington, also sought records and information about other pro-Trump figures such as Bernard B. Kerek, a former New York City police commissioner and longtime ally of Mr. Trump. Giuliani.
Several of the attorneys named in the subpoenas were also mentioned Tuesday at the House Select Committee’s public hearing to explore Mr. Trump’s extensive lobbying campaign to persuade state officials to help him stay in office.
At the hearing, the commission for the first time directly linked Mr. Trump of the plan, providing a taped affidavit from Rona McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, in which she recounted how Mr. Trump called her and put mr. Eastman over the phone “to talk about the importance of helping the RNC campaign gather these potential voters.”
The first subpoenas in the largely dummy voter investigation were sent to people in major swing states who nearly participated in the plan but ultimately did not for various reasons. This new round of subpoenas appears to be the first time Trump campaign officials have been brought into the investigation, marking a small but potentially significant step closer to Mr. Trump. Trump himself.
Plan to create pro-Trump voters in states won by Mr. Biden was among the oldest and most expansive plots by Mr. Trump and his allies to overturn the election results. It involved lawyers, state and White House officials, campaign aides and members of Congress.
The plan was developed in the name of Mr. Trump and his allies have sought to promote baseless assertions of widespread election fraud in key swing states and persuade state officials to back off their endorsement of Mr. Biden’s victory. Trump’s pro-Trump lists are set to be in place in ETAT by the time Vice President Mike Pence oversaw the formal certification of electoral votes during a joint session of Congress on Jan. 3. 6, 2021.
the master. Trump and others close to him worked hard in the weeks leading up to January 3rd. 6 to impress mr. Either Pence counts pro-Trump voters and delivers Mr. Trump’s victory in the Electoral College or the declaration that the election is uncertain because lists of competing voters have been received in several states.
The idea was to buy Mr. More time for Trump to pursue his baseless allegations of fraud or perhaps to send the election to the House of Representatives, where each state delegation will get one vote. Since more delegations were controlled by Republicans than Democrats, Trump could have won.
Adam Goldman And the Glenn Thrush Contribute to the preparation of reports.