The New York Times is reporting that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued nearly 40 subpoenas in recent days as part of its investigation into what some claim was former President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
It is not clear how many subpoenas were issued by the DOJ in the last week. One attorney described a particular subpoena as “broad” and a “long laundry list.”
Bernard Kerik, former New York City Police commissioner and ardent Trump supporter, found several FBI agents at his home last week. His attorney, Timothy Parlatore, said the subpoena asked for “anything and everything related to anybody” related to the Trump campaign.
Breaking News: The Justice Department has seized the phones of two Trump aides and issued 40 subpoenas seeking information related to the 2020 election and Jan. 6. https://t.co/b2Z18E1i9T
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 12, 2022
Two of the former president’s associates, Boris Epshteyn and Mike Roman, had their phones seized as evidence, according to the Times. Epshteyn is a longtime Trump adviser who helped with challenges to the 2020 election results.
Roman was a campaign strategist who some critics say was part of a plan to submit alternate electors.
Former Trump social media director Dan Scavino was also subpoenaed, according to the Times. The paper said the group included both lower-level aides and high-level associates.
Another close Trump associate who received a subpoena was 31-year-old William Russell. The adviser was the White House deputy director of Advance and Trip Director. He reportedly received his subpoena via email after he was out when the FBI showed up on his doorstep in Florida.
In its wide-ranging report, the Times asserted that the subpoenas were looking for information on plans for alternative electors in states such as Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
The department is also looking into fundraising between the 2020 presidential election and the certification of the Electoral College results on Jan. 6, 2021. That investigation is checking into how funds were used and is separate from the probe into the handling of classified documents.
The DOJ and FBI have been under intense scrutiny since the unprecedented raid on the former president’s Florida home last month. The stated goal was to secure sensitive and classified documents that Trump had removed from the White House upon leaving office.