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Special counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed officials in all 7 states targeted by Trump allies in 2020 election



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Special Counsel Jack Smith has issued a subpoena to local officials in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, for information related to the 2020 election, a county spokesman told CNN.

“Yes, we received a subpoena from the Justice Department’s special counsel regarding the 2020 election. We have nothing further to share or provide,” said Amie Downs, the county’s communications director.

The subpoena sent to Allegheny County is the latest in a series of information requests from Smith, who is now overseeing the Justice Department’s wide-ranging criminal investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Smith’s team has now sent subpoenas to local and state officials in all seven key states – Georgia, New Mexico, Nevada, Michigan, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – who have been targeted by former President Donald Trump Trump and his allies as part of their bid upending Joe Biden’s legitimate victory.

Those efforts included producing lists of pro-Trump electors and filing baseless lawsuits. CNN reported this summer that the DOJ has issued numerous subpoenas and gathered intelligence in all seven states where Trump’s campaign has called up the wrong voters, as part of an effort to undermine the electoral college.

In November 2020, Trump’s campaign team fought in court to throw out over 10,000 mail-in ballots in Philadelphia and Allegheny counties that were missing dates or names. These attempts were dismissed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which in its opinion argued that “although they are technical violations of electoral law, [the mistakes] do not justify the wholesale disenfranchisement of thousands of voters in Pennsylvania.”

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania’s second largest, helped lead President Joe Biden to an 81,000 state vote victory.

The latest subpoenas come as a group of election security advocates called on Smith and other federal agencies to investigate a series of electoral system violations in several states committed by Trump allies in the wake of the 2020 election.

The group has requested a federal investigation into a so-called “multi-state conspiracy to copy voting software” and pointed to reported violations in Georgia, Michigan and Nevada.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Smith last month to oversee portions of the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into attempts to overturn the 2020 election and the holding of classified documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. He will likely be tasked with making policy decisions on whether to impeach Trump.

Smith and his team of 20 prosecutors are making fast progress on the two criminal investigations. Since Thanksgiving, he has brought before a Washington grand jury a number of close Trump associates, including two former White House attorneys, three of Trump’s closest associates and his former speechwriter Stephen Miller.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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