(WASHINGTON) — Jack Smith, the special counsel investigating efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, has sent additional grand jury subpoenas to the secretary of state’s offices in Michigan and Arizona — swing states owned by former President Donald Trump and his allies were targeted after his loss in November 2020.
“I can confirm that a subpoena related to the Special Counsel’s investigation was served on my office yesterday,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson told ABC News in a statement Thursday. “The Justice Department has requested that we not disclose the contents of the subpoena to avoid damaging the investigation, and we will comply with that request.”
Officials in Arizona also confirmed receipt of the subpoena.
The Special Counsel’s office declined to comment when contacted by ABC News.
The latest subpoena comes just days after Smith sent subpoenas to local election officials in Michigan, Arizona and Wisconsin seeking all records related to communications by state election officials with Trump or his advisers and allies, including Kenneth Chesebro, Justin Clark, Joe, look for DiGenova, John Eastman, Jenna Ellis, Boris Epshteyn, Bernard Kerik, Bruce Marks, Cleta Mitchell, Matthew Morgan, Kurt Olsen, William Olsen, Stefan Passantino, Sidney Powell, Bill Stepien, Victoria Toensing, James Troupis and Lin Wood , between 1 , 2020 and 20 January 2021.
Smith, a longtime federal prosecutor and former head of the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Division, was tapped last month by Attorney General Merrick Garland to oversee the DOJ’s investigation into efforts to protect the 2020 election and Trump’s handling of classified materials after he left to tip the office.
The appointment of the special counsel was prompted by Trump’s announcement last month that he was running for president for the third time, creating a conflict of interest under the Justice Department’s special counsel guidelines.
In his appointment order, Garland said Smith has “authority to conduct the ongoing investigation into whether any person or entity violated the law in connection with efforts to interfere with the lawful transfer of power after the 2020 presidential election or the confirmation of the electoral college election on March 6.” January 2021.”
“Mr. Smith is the right choice to get these manners done impartially and urgently,” Garland said at the news conference announcing Smith’s appointment.
Smith will “require independent prosecutorial judgment to determine whether charges should be filed,” Garland said.
ABC News’ Libby Cathey contributed to this report.
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