As the Justice Department ramps up its criminal investigation into January 6, 2021, top officials from Donald Trump’s political fundraising and former campaign operation are among the dozens of people in the former President’s orbit who have recently received grand jury subpoenas, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
Bill Stepien, a former Trump campaign manager, and Sean Dollman, who served as a chief financial officer for Trump’s 2020 campaign, are among them, according to sources with knowledge of the situation who spoke to CNN. CNN’s efforts for comment from Stepien and Dollman were not answered.
A source with knowledge of the situation claims that Dan Scavino, Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, also received a subpoena. An inquiry for comment from Scavino was not answered.
The Justice Department Subpoenas 30+ People From Trump’s Orbit:
According to two sources acquainted with the subpoena targets, more than 30 people with ties to Trump have been served subpoenas recently. The subpoenas ask witnesses to appear before a grand jury in Washington, DC, and request documentation.
The Justice Department’s usual pre-election quiet period, which lasts for 60 days before the midterm elections, is when the department generally tries to avoid taking overt investigative action in politically sensitive investigations to avoid giving the impression that it is attempting to influence the election. The flurry of subpoenas and other investigative activity occurred in the days just before this period.
Some of the subpoenas, like the one CNN reviewed, had broad requests for information on a variety of topics, such as the fake elector scheme, Trump’s main political action committee, Save America PAC, the planning of the January 6 Trump rally, and any correspondence with a large group of people who worked to rig the 2020 election.