The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued 40 subpoenas, with federal agents seizing the private cell phones of two close allies of former President Donald J. Trump.
The subpoenas are for records or communications from people who organized, spoke at or provided security for Mr. Trump’s Jan. 6 rally at the Ellipse in Washington, D.C.
Charlie Kirk, a commenter and TV host, tweeted with a video of Democrat U.S. senators objecting to the results of the 2016 presidential election, commenting, “How many of these Democrats who objected to counting Trump’s Electoral Votes in 2017 have been subpoenaed by the DOJ?”
The sprawling and far-reaching subpoenas run parallel with the unprecedented FBI raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
Trump is facing multiple investigations on the federal and state levels as he mulls a third run for the White House in 2024. He has broadly denied wrongdoing and claims he is being targeted by a politically-motivated DOJ, a view many experts share.
Bernard Kerik, a Trump advisor, was served with a subpoena. Kerik’s attorney, Timothy Parlatore, said his client would have cooperated with the DOJ as he did with the January 6 congressional committee.
Parlatore called the subpoena the “widest and most obtuse subpoena I have seen in my years practicing criminal law.”
“The subpoena was very broad, indicating that the Justice Department didn’t have a solid grasp of what it was investigating,” Parlatore said. “This has to be the stupidest subpoena I’ve ever seen DOJ issue. This is a scattershot for anything related to Donald Trump.”
Kerik served this country with distinction, honor, and valor, most notably as the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of New York, an advisor to U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher, and as the lead investigator for President Donald Trump’s legal team, led by former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, in the aftermath of the 2020 election.