According to reporting by Fox News, sources have confirmed that 30 aides of former President Donald Trump have been subpoenaed by the Department of Justice.
Phones from two of Trump’s top advisers have also been seized by the Department of Justice in its investigation into Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 Presidential election was rigged.
But the dozens of recent subpoenas display the DOJ ramping its efforts to pressure Trump’s camps.
The DOJ is investigating allegations of fake Electoral College certifications that claimed Republicans as the electors who voted for Trump and then-Vice President Mike Pence when Democrats were the winners and had voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Despite reports that 30 aides have been subpoenaed in recent weeks, only one of Trump’s closest confidants and former attorney for the ex-president has confirmed receiving a subpoena. Former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik’s attorney, Timothy Palatore, confirmed Kerik was subpoenaed last Tuesday (September 6) to appear in Washington, D.C., before a federal grand jury on Friday (September 23).
Beyond the subpoenas related to the fake Electoral College scheme, the DOJ has also been escalating pressure on Trump through its investigation into classified documents seized from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
Investigation into the classified documents has been put on hold after U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon granted Trump’s request to have a special master appointed, and further investigation halted until the special master had reviewed the documents retrieved, including classified material.
The DOJ is appealing the ruling.