Last week, Special Counsel Jack Smith quietly withdrew two subpoenas to Donald J. Trump for President Inc. and Save America as part of an expanded investigation into the former president’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election results.
The investigation is now focusing on Trump’s fundraising activities that raised over $250 million after the election to investigate claims of widespread voter fraud by Democrats.
Smith is examining whether these funds were obtained through fraudulent means or deception of investors.
The New York Times reported:
Federal prosecutors have quietly withdrawn a subpoena seeking records from former President Donald J. Trump’s 2020 campaign as part of their investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s political and fund-raising operations committed any crimes as he sought to stay in power after he lost the election, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The decision this week by the office of the special counsel, Jack Smith, to effectively kill the subpoena to the Trump campaign came on the heels of the withdrawal of a similar subpoena to Save America, the political action committee that was formed by Mr. Trump’s aides shortly after he lost the race in 2020.
The rescission of the subpoenas to Donald J. Trump for President Inc. and Save America was an indication that Mr. Smith’s office was slowing down or even closing its monthslong inquiry into whether Mr. Trump’s political operation broke any laws by citing baseless claims of election fraud to raise money. The withdrawal of the subpoena to Save America was first reported last week by The Washington Post.
In June, Jack Smith of the Southern District of Florida indicted President Trump on 37 federal counts. These charges included 31 counts of willful retention of national defense information and 6 other process crimes related to his conversations with his lawyer.
In August, Smith filed a superseding indictment in the same court claiming that Mr. Trump was part of a scheme to delete security footage from Mar-a-Lago, adding three additional charges to the investigation into classified documents stored there.
This month, Smith charged President Trump with four counts in connection with the January 6th incident at the United States Capitol.
These include conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding and conspiracy against rights.