By now we all know that
Warnock beat Walker
The Democrats now have a 51-49 advantage in The Senate and (perhaps more importantly) another of Donald Trump's endorsed candidates lost.
But do you also know that this happened yesterday?
Special counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed officials in Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona and Pennsylvania, asking for communications with or involving former President Donald Trump, his campaign aides and a list of allies involved in his efforts to try to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
The requests, issued to Milwaukee and Dane counties in Wisconsin; Wayne County, Michigan; Maricopa County, Arizona; and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, are the first known subpoenas by Smith, who was named special counsel last month by Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The subpoenas, first reported by The Washington Post, are the clearest indication yet that Smith’s work will include an examination of the fake electors that were part of Trump’s efforts to subvert the election count and certification.
Fake electors, huh? You know what that means, right?
As they organized the fake elector scheme, lawyers appointed a “point person” in seven states to help organize those electors who were willing to sign their names to false documents. In Pennsylvania, that point person was Douglas V. Mastriano, a proponent of Mr. Trump’s lies of a stolen election who is now the Republican nominee for governor.
But even Mr. Mastriano needed assurances to go along with a plan other Republicans were telling him was “illegal,” according to a Dec. 12 email sent by Ms. Bobb that also referred to Mr. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City.
“Mastriano needs a call from the mayor. This needs to be done. Talk to him about legalities of what they are doing,” she wrote, adding: “Electors want to be reassured that the process is * legal * essential for greater strategy.”
We'll be watching to see how this plays out.
On the last page a number of individuals are listed.
- Kenneth Chesebro
- Justin Clark
- Joe DiGenova
- John Eastman
- Jenna Ellis
- Boris Epshteyn
- Rudolph Giuliani
- Bemard Kerik
- Bruce Marks
- Cleta Mitchell
- Matthew Morgan
- Kurt Olsen
- William Olson
- Stefan Passantino
- Sidney Powell
- William “Bill” Stepien
- Victoria Toensing,
- James Troupis
- L. Lin Wood, Jr.
They're looking for any and all communications to and from the people on that list.
How many are tied to Doug Mastriano?
We already know that Giuliani and Ellis testified at that "hearing" Doug held in November, 2020. And Jenna Ellis went on to work in Mastriano's (failed) gubernatorial campaign.
Politico reported this some time ago:
As Donald Trump struggled to remain in power in late 2020, an anchor for a far-right TV network briefed a group of the president’s lawyers in detail on a plot to mobilize so-called alternate pro-Trump electors, according to an email reviewed by POLITICO.
On Dec. 13, 2020, the day before electors gathered to cast their states’ presidential votes as required by law, Christina Bobb of One America News emailed several Trump campaign aides and allies to discuss arrangements for the false electors. Teeing up those pro-Trump electors to represent states that Joe Biden won in 2020 was a linchpin of Trump’s efforts to challenge his loss.
Bobb’s email indicates that a Trump campaign official spoke with teams around the country focused on the effort, then reported to her on those talks. She then sent his update to multiple lawyers working for and with Trump, including Rudy Giuliani, senior campaign official and attorney Boris Epshteyn, Jenna Ellis, Joe diGenova, and Victoria Toensing.
In Pennsylvania, Bobb wrote, Trump’s team was waiting to hear from the office of state Sen. Doug Mastriano — now Republicans’ nominee in the state’s gubernatorial contest — to get a room for the alternate electors.
Even if St Sen Doug Mastriano isn't subpoenaed by the special council, how many of the many many documents he'll be sure to collect will mention Doug Mastriano in one way or another?
I am sure Doug is wondering this right now.
Wherever you look in Trump's plan, if it pertains to Pennsylvania, there's a link to Doug Mastriano.