The Justice Department turned the heat up considerably today, issuing 40 new subpoenas and seizing dozens of cell phones as part of the ongoing investigation into efforts by former president Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
The New York Times reports that two of Trump’s senior advisers — Boris Epshteyn and Mike Roman — had their phones taken by the FBI. Epshteyn, who is Russian-American, served as a strategic adviser to Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign. Roman worked in the field of opposition research from 2017 to 2018, and after the 2020 election he was the person who handed the list of fake electors that were to be given to then-vice president Mike Pence. The Trump team had hoped Pence would submit the fake electors to a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021 in an effort to hold up certification of the electoral vote count.
Trump’s former social media director, Dan Scavino, was also served with a subpoena on Monday, as was ex-New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who set up a “war room” with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Jan. 6 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The Justice Department is reportedly focusing in on the activities of Trump’s Save America PAC, which has provided millions of dollars to the ex-president since he left the White House. That would suggest that investigators suspect financial crimes, an alleged specialty of Trump’s that has led to legal problems for him in the past.
Trump is also facing indictment for illegally removing classified documents from the White House and storing them at his Mar-a-Lago resort. That investigation is also gaining momentum as the DOJ now believes Trump still has top secret files in his possession and could be attempting to move them from one location to another to prevent them from being discovered by authorities.