U.S. Justice Dept delivers subpoenas in Trump fake electors probe, reports say

FILE PHOTO: Police clear the United States Capitol with tear gas as supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather outside in Washington, U.S. January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith / File Photo / File Photo

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WASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) – U.S. federal agents on Wednesday issued grand jury subpoenas to several people as part of an investigation into efforts by ex-President Donald Trump and his supporters to quash the 2020 election result, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported.

The Justice Department is investigating a plan by Trump and his supporters to submit alternative lists of state voters to undo President Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.

The Post and Times reported that subpoenas had been served on Brad Carver, a Republican Party official from Georgia, and Thomas Lane, an official who worked for Trump’s campaign in Arizona and New -Mexico.

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The Post said Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer also received a subpoena. The Times reported that Sean Flynn, a Trump campaign aide in Michigan, was subpoenaed.

The FBI referred questions about the Post and Times reports to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, who declined to comment.

Carver and Shafer did not respond to Reuters requests for comment. Shafer’s attorney said his client did not act improperly. Reuters could not reach Lane or Flynn.

In a loud rally on January 6, 2021, Trump urged his supporters to march on the Capitol. A pro-Trump crowd then broke through police barricades and entered the building as then-Vice President Mike Pence prepared to certify the election results.

Trump had pressured Pence to refuse certification in a last chance to retain the White House despite losing at the polls.

Biden received 7 million more votes than Trump. Biden also received 306 votes from the Electoral College, more than the 270 needed to win.

A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol builds a case that Trump’s efforts to reverse his election defeat amounted to a plot to illegally retain power.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, while repeating false charges he only lost due to widespread fraud that benefited Biden.

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Reporting by Eric Beech and Sarah Lynch; Editing by Tim Ahmann, Kenneth Maxwell and Gerry Doyle

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