Special Counsel Jack Smith has been subpoenaed by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in connection with the Department of Justice investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election and the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Mike Hasinger, public information officer for the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, confirmed that Ravensburgh’s office had received a subpoena from Smith.
“At the request of the Department of Justice, we have no further comment,” Hessinger said in an email to CNN.
The grand jury’s activity extends past investigative steps taken by the Justice Department to understand the efforts of former President Donald Trump and his allies in post-election battleground states.
Since Thanksgiving, Smith has represented a number of top Trump aides before a grand jury in Washington, D.C., including two former White House attorneys, and three of Trump’s closest aides, former speechwriter W. Stephen Miller.
Smith has also issued a series of subpoenas, including to election officials in battleground states where Trump has tried to reverse his 2020 loss.
But Raffensperger could be a particularly compelling witness. His profile grew after the 2020 election when he resisted Trump’s efforts to pressure him to “find” the votes needed for Trump to win Georgia. Infamous phone call in January 2021.
In excerpts from the hour-long call, Trump lashed out at his fellow Republican for refusing to falsely say he won the Georgia election, and repeatedly repeated baseless allegations of voter fraud.
The people of Georgia are angry and the people of the country are angry. There’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, I think,” Trump said on part of the call.
Raffensperger replied, “Well, Mr. President, your challenge is that the data you have is wrong.”
The Georgia Republican previously spoke with the House Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 uprising, which is publicly testifying this summer about threats he received after standing up to Trump.
It is unclear how old Smith isand the Who will also oversee the investigation into possible mishandling of federal records that were moved to Mar-a-Lago after Trump left the White House.and the You can continue to work before deciding on a fee tentacles. While investigations could lead to charges within months, Smith may take time to organize and expand his team, and he will remain selective about the information gathered, according to people familiar with parts of the investigation.
This story was updated with additional information on Monday.