Special counsel Jack Smith’s team has subpoenaed Donald Trump’s former attorney Rudy Giuliani, according to an exclusive new report from CNN.
The special counsel investigation has asked Giuliani to turn over records to a federal grand jury to examine Donald Trump’s fundraising following the 2020 election, the report adds.
The subpoena, which was sent more than a month ago and has not been previously reported, CNN notes. The subpoenas to other witnesses in addition to Giuliani were sent in late December, the report adds.
The investigation is requesting documents from Giuliani about payments he received at the time he was contesting elections on Donald Trump’s behalf.
Prosecutors have subpoenaed other Trump allies, specifically asking for documents related to the Save America PAC. This is Trump’s primary campaign fundraiser.
“Save America was part of broader fundraising efforts by Trump and the Republican Party that raised more than $250 million after the election,” CNN notes. “Since then, the political action committee has compensated several lawyers who now represent Trump and his allies in January 6-related investigations.”
The CNN report does not name its sources, so the information appears to constitute an unauthorized “leak” to the press.
The Special Counsel appointed by the Department of Justice to investigate the Mar-a-Lago documents case, Jack Smith, was involved in an infamous Supreme Court case that overturned a political prosecution, and was involved in the IRS’ scandalous targeting of conservative non-profit groups.
Smith, who left his position as a a war crimes prosecutor in The Hague to take on the role, is a former chief of the DOJ’s public integrity section.
As reported by Just the News, DOJ official Richard Pilger testified in 2014 that Smith set up a meeting with Lerner “to discuss more aggressive enforcement of regulations prohibiting tax-exempt groups from engaging in politics in the aftermath of the landmark Citizens United free speech Supreme Court case.”
“According to Mr. Pilger, the Justice Department convened a meeting with former IRS official Lois Lerner in October 2010 to discuss how the IRS could assist in the criminal enforcement of campaign-finance laws against politically active nonprofits,” the committee said in a 2014 letter to DOJ. “This meeting was arranged at the direction of Public Integrity Section Chief Jack Smith.”
“It is apparent that the Department’s leadership, including Public Integrity Section Chief Jack Smith, was closely involved in engaging with the IRS in wake of Citizens United and political pressure from prominent Democrats to address perceived problems with the decision,” the letter added.
The Treasury Department Inspector General released a report that the IRS’s targeting of conservative nonprofits was inappropriate and the tax agency subsequently apologized.
“The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention,” the report concluded.
The Special Counsel appointed by the Department of Justice thus has an established history of partisanship. The Biden administration has nonetheless appointed Jack Smith to investigate his potential 2024 rival.
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