Special Counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger as part of the Justice Department’s investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election and the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Mike Hassinger, information officer in the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, confirmed that Raffensperger’s office received a subpoena from Smith.
“At the request of the Justice Department, we have no further comment,” Hassinger said in an email to CNN.
The grand jury activity builds on previous investigative steps taken by the Justice Department to understand the efforts of former President Donald Trump and his allies in post-election battlefield states.
Since Thanksgiving, Smith has taken a number of close Trump associates before a grand jury in Washington, D.C., including two former White House attorneys, three of Trump’s close aides and his former speechwriter Stephen Miller.
Smith has also issued a spate of subpoenas, including to election officials in battleground states where Trump sought to reverse his 2020 loss.
But Raffensperger could prove to be a very convincing witness. His profile grew after the 2020 election when he resisted Trump’s efforts to pressure him to “find” the votes Trump needed to win Georgia in an infamous January 2021 phone call.
In snippets of the hour-long conversation, Trump berated his fellow Republican for refusing to falsely say he won the election in Georgia and repeatedly denounced baseless allegations of election fraud.
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, uh, that you recalculated,” Trump said in part of the conversation.
Raffensperger responded, “Well, Mr. President, the challenge you have is that the data you have is wrong.”
The Georgia Republican has already spoken to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 uprising, and he publicly testified this summer about the threats he received after he stood up to Trump.
It is unclear how long Smith, who will also oversee the investigation into the possible mishandling of federal records brought to Mar-a-Lago after Trump left the White House, can continue to work before deciding on any costs in the probes. While the investigations could lead to charges within months, Smith could still spend time organizing and growing his team, and continuing to sift through collected information, according to people familiar with parts of the probe.
This story was updated on Monday with additional information.