Federal prosecutors have issued several subpoenas against former Trump administration officials, former campaign and communications officials, and people currently advising Trump or Save America. William Russell, a senior adviser to Trump, received one of the subpoenas on Wednesday.
According to multiple sources familiar with the subpoenas, which were issued by a grand jury in Washington, DC, the Department of Justice is seeking information related to the founding, fundraising and spending of Save America, which has cost more than $100 million. in contributions since it was founded in November 2020.
According to a source familiar with the language in the subpoenas, investigators are investigating whether people affiliated with the Save America PAC defrauded people of money with claims they knew were false about the theft of the 2020 election.
Some of the subpoenas also requested information that recipients had previously turned over to the House Selection Committee that investigated the Jan. 6 Capitol riots and may have had recipients of communications with a broad list of people who worked to determine the 2020 election results. including former Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Victoria Toensing and Boris Epshteyn, adviser to Trump’s 2020 campaign, according to two subpoenas described to CNN, that included communications with a list of people from different states.
The DOJ’s investigation, already the largest in the department’s history, has gone beyond the hundreds of rioters charged that day in connection with their actions. More recently, researchers have looked at attempts by Trump and allies to undo the 2020 election results, including attempts to put forward false voters.
Separately, the House committee devoted an entire investigative team to examine the Trump campaign’s fundraising efforts after the 2020 election. And at a hearing in June, the committee sought to prove that the Trump campaign had raised money by falsely claiming that the election had been stolen, even though they knew it hadn’t, and that the money may have been misused.
“During the committee’s investigation, we found evidence that the Trump campaign and its surrogates misled donors about where their money would go and what they would be used for,” Representative Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat on the committee, said at the meeting. hearing. “So there was not just the big lie, there was also a big scam. Donors deserve to know where their money is really going. They deserve better than what President Trump and his team did.”
CNN previously reported that Turning Point Action, a conservative pro-Trump organization, paid Guilfoyle for the speech. Turning Point Action is a subsidiary of Turning Point USA, the youth organization founded by Charlie Kirk, a close friend of Donald Trump Jr.
However, Lofgren declined to say at the time whether she believed a financial crime had been committed.
“I’m not saying it’s a crime, but I think it’s a scam,” Lofgren said.
The commission’s senior investigative adviser, Amanda Wick, said in a video presentation at the June hearing that the commission found that Trump and his allies had raised $250 million with false claims of voter fraud. The commission said most of the money raised during this time went to the Save America PAC, not to election-related lawsuits.
“Save America PAC has made millions of dollars in contributions to pro-Trump organizations, including $1 million to Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadow’s charitable foundation, $1 million to the America First Policy Institute, a conservative organization that serves several former Trump administration officials. officials, $204,857 to the Trump Hotel Collection and more than $5 million to Event Strategies Inc, the company that led President Trump’s January 6 rally on the ellipse,” Wick said.
The committee declined to comment on the DOJ’s investigation.