The National Archives receives a second subpoena from the Justice Department for more documents dated January 6
According to two sources familiar with the case, the Justice Department has filed a new grand jury subpoena to the National Archives for more documents as part of its inquiry into the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
The Department of Justice issued a subpoena to the Archives earlier this year, asking for the same records and information that the Archives had previously provided to the House select committee looking into January 6. This most recent subpoena, issued on August 17, is in addition to that request.
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This new subpoena, which has not previously been publicized, is said to ask the Archives for more records and information relevant to a time frame before and after January 6.
The criminal investigation into the attempt to obstruct the transfer of power following the 2020 election is led by Thomas Windom, an Assistant US Attorney. He is looking into the possible involvement of former President Donald Trump and allies in planning a group of phony electors who could keep Trump in office despite losing the election. The US Attorney’s Office chose not to respond.
According to the subpoena, the documents must be produced by the end of August.
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The new subpoena is the most recent sign that the Justice Department is stepping up and expanding the scope of its investigation into any possible involvement of White House officials in the events leading up to the attack on the Capitol that day.
Last week, CNN and other media outlets reported that a federal grand jury looking into the circumstances surrounding January 6 had summoned Trump White House attorney Eric Herschmann. Herschmann opposed the former President and his associates’ attempts to rig the 2020 election.
Pat Cipollone and Patrick Philbin, two additional Trump lawyers, have also received subpoenas. DOJ agents have been preparing to try to obtain direct conversations with Trump while he was in office, which may start a judicial battle over presidential privilege.
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