The Justice Department has issued about 40 subpoenas to aides to former President Donald Trump regarding Trump’s efforts to annul the 2020 presidential election, POLITICO confirmed Monday.
The subpoenas, first reported by The New York Times, are a major step forward in the ongoing investigation into the events leading up to the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. They also come as Trump deals with a separate investigation into his handling of presidential records and classified documents he took with him to his home in Florida after his presidency ended. Trump’s attorneys and the Justice Department are currently in a protracted legal battle over custody of those records.
Former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon was the first to discuss the recent batch of subpoenas, saying on his podcast last week that 35 had been issued. This number appears to have been a slight underestimate of the actual figure.