Special counsel may decide Trump charges soon with new records: report
The special counsel investigating Donald Trump could decide to file criminal charges against him in just weeks after amassing a trove of new state documents relating to the push to void the 2020 election, sources told Bloomberg.
Special Counsel Jack Smith and his team of Justice Department prosecutors are currently reviewing new emails, letters and other documents from battleground states.
“You can tell it’s moving fast,” Brian Kidd, a former federal prosecutor who served under Smith at the Department of Justice (DOJ), told Bloomberg.
Officials in Arizona, Georgia, New Mexico and Nevada confirmed to Bloomberg that they complied with grand jury subpoenas from Smith’s office. Materials provided by Nevada and reviewed by Bloomberg reveal that Trump’s representatives baselessly accused local state officials of allowing election “fraud and abuse” shortly after Trump lost the vote in the benefit of Joe Biden.
In a recorded phone call released last year, Trump told Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and the general counsel in his post-election office to “find” enough votes to turn his defeat into a victory. “Guys, I need 11,000 votes. Give me a break,” Trump said on the call.
Subpoenas have been issued to officials in a total of seven states that Biden has won and where Trump or his allies have pressured politicians and election officials in a bid to overturn the vote and create “fakes” pro-Trump voter lists.
According to Bloomberg, officials in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania declined to comment on whether or not they were complying with the subpoenas or did not immediately respond.
Smith’s team is also closely examining the voluminous transcripts of testimony recorded by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. That testimony includes White House aides who said Trump knew he lost the election even as he claimed fraud and a former official who linked Trump to the effort to seat fake voters, a noted Bloomberg.
Last month, the January 6 committee voted unanimously to refer four criminal charges against Trump to the DOJ: obstruction of official process, conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to make false statements and inciting an insurrection against the United States.
Smith, who was appointed in November by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland just days after Trump announced he was running for president again, is charged with investigating Trump’s efforts to void the election he lost and on classified documents found secretly hidden in his home. Mar-a-Lago, Florida, home.
A federal judge ruled Wednesday in favor of the DOJ in a battle over those documents. Beryl Howell, Chief Judge of the Federal District Court in Washington, DC, ordered Trump’s attorneys to provide the names of the private investigators Trump has hired to search his properties for any remaining documents. The Justice Department is likely hoping to glean more details about how the documents were moved and stored at Trump’s properties from these investigators.
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