According to a new report, special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol will focus on former President Trump’s fundraising.
The story first broke in The Washington Post, which reported that Smith’s office had issued subpoenas to the former President’s advisers, former campaign aides, and others involved in his 2020 reelection bid.
According to WAPO, investigators are looking into whether Trump or his team tricked donors into giving money by making false claims about voter fraud.
Investigators are focusing on fundraising between Election Day, November 3, 2020, and the end of Trump’s term.
Some of the subpoenas’ recipients reportedly testified before a grand jury in Washington.
Trump, who lost a 2020 bid to President Biden, is now seeking to reclaim the Oval Office in 2024 and leads GOP contenders by a wide margin in most polls.
Smith is also investigating the former President’s handling of classified material after an FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last year revealed a vast trove of material that had been kept from his time in the White House.
But the January 6 investigation and the Classified files are just two of Trump’s legal woes — Georgia’s district attorney is also investigating efforts by Trump and his allies to undermine the state’s 2020 election results.
And Manhattan prosecutors charged Trump earlier this month with 34 felony charges relating to falsifying corporate records about a hush money payment during Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges but is the first sitting or former President to face criminal charges.