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Trump’s special counsel subpoenas Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger


WASHINGTON — Jack Smith, the special counsel appointed to investigate former President Donald Trump at the Justice Department, has issued a subpoena to Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Raffensperger received a subpoena from Smith on Monday dated Dec. 9, a spokesperson for his office said. His office had no further comment. The subpoena was first reported Monday by The Washington Post.

The subpoena asks Raffensperger to provide documents; it’s not about asking him to appear or testify in person, a source familiar with the matter said. His lawyers are “weighing options” on a response deadline, the source said.

Smith issued subpoenas to election officials in other battleground states. On Monday, NBC News confirmed that officials in Clark County, Nevada, were called to testify before a grand jury or provide documents and records to the FBI by Dec. 9.

Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger talks to supporters during election night May 24 in Peachtree Corners.Ben Gray/AP

Trump called Raffensperger, a Republican who is Georgia’s top election official, on Jan. 2, 2021, and asked him to “find” the votes to undo President Joe Biden’s victory in the state.

Trump told Raffensperger, “All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than us. Because we won the state.”

Georgia reaffirmed Biden’s victory several times after the November 2020 election.

Smith also sent subpoenas to local officials in key presidential swing states for all communications involving Trump, his campaign and a range of aides and allies who aided him in his efforts to void the 2020 election.

According to a subpoena obtained by NBC News through a Freedom of Information Act request, Clark County officials were asked to provide such communications from June 1, 2020 through January 20, 2021. The subpoena, dated June 22, 2021. November, demanded documents related to 19 Trump allies, including attorneys Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and John Eastman.

Other subpoenas were issued to senior election officials in Wayne County, Michigan; Milwaukee and Dane Counties, Wisconsin; Maricopa County, Arizona; and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. These counties are home to Detroit, Milwaukee, Madison, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh, respectively.

Bruce Marks, one of Trump’s lawyers referenced in the subpoenas, told NBC News last week that he believed the request for documents was “a gross overstepping” of what he called “communications.” clearly privileged between me and other attorneys involved in the Trump campaign.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Smith as special counsel last month to investigate Trump’s handling of classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and “key aspects” of the investigation into his role in the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

Zoe Richards contributed.



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