On Wednesday (July 5), a spokesperson for Arizona’s Secretary of State confirmed that Special Counsel Jack Smith subpoenaed the Arizona Secretary of State’s office as part of his investigation into the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
According to the spokesperson, the secretary of state’s office had been issued two subpoenas in recent months — one for the previous administration and one for the current one.
The Special Counsel issued the subpoenas to obtain information regarding the lawsuit the Trump campaign and the chair of the Arizona Republican Party filed, claiming errors in the state’s 2020 election results.
President Joe Biden won Arizona that year, flipping a longtime Republican stronghold.
According to reporting by The Arizona Republic, Smith summoned prominent Arizona state legislators for the January 6 investigation but hadn’t asked for any details from former Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R).
A report by The Washington Post released on Saturday (July 1) revealed former President Donald Trump contacted Governor Ducey of Arizona multiple times following the 2020 election to urge him to uncover votes that would reverse his narrow defeat in the state.
According to reports, Ducey was surprised that Smith did not contact him for the January 6 investigation and shared this with a donor earlier this year.
Over the weekend, former Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that he spoke with Ducey regarding the election. However, he stated that he doesn’t remember receiving any pressure from Trump to convince the former governor to overturn the election results.
The calls made to Arizona Governor are strikingly similar to the former President’s now infamous call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) in January 2021.
During that call, Trump urged Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes,” the amount needed to flip the state in his favor.
An investigation is currently underway in Georgia regarding Trump’s efforts to overturn the election.
Last Wednesday (June 28), Raffensperger was questioned by investigators from Smith’s office.
Smith, who Merrick Garland appointed to oversee the Justice Department’s investigations into Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2021 election, was also in charge of the probe into the former President’s handling of classified documents, which resulted in a 37-count indictment last month.