Donald Trump and his allies have long complained about the “fishing expedition” being carried out by the Department of Justice, and this week’s latest round of litigious targeting is sure to rile them once more.
Trump’s suggestion is simple: The DOJ is targeting him in myriad ways in order to scoop up enough “dirt” to politically hobble him as 2022 and 2024’s elections approach. In order to accomplish this in the most expeditious manner possible, the Justice Department’s figurative net is going to expand ever further.
This week, Trump’s theory appeared to receive some corroboration from the DOJ itself.
More than 30 people associated with former President Donald Trump and alleged efforts to influence the 2020 election results have received federal grand jury subpoenas, 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 origins of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot and other alleged attempts to stop the transfer of power to then-President-elect Joe Biden. One source familiar with the case characterized the investigation as huge.
As for the scope of the subpoenas, there appeared to be no limit to the sort of things that they were looking for.
The Justice Department is examining how money was raised and spent on alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election; efforts to submit fake “alternate” electors to Congress from states lost by Trump; and the “Stop The Steal” rally held at the Ellipse, adjacent to White House grounds, on Jan. 6, just before the Capitol riot.
Sources close to the probe have suggested that those included in this round of subpoenas range from household names such as Stephen Miller, all the way down to individual RNC contractors and poll workers.