New subpoenas issued by the U.S. Department of Justice could be the next step in the investigation of January 6th and the efforts of Donald Trump and those around him to flip the 2020 election in his favor. This follows closely on the heels of the January 6th public hearing that revealed further information about the plot.
According to the Washington Post, the DOJ has issued two new subpoenas, and while the Department wouldn’t make any official statements about the documents, including identifying who was addressed and what was requested in the subpoenas, the addresses offered a clue.
One was the home address of one Brad Carver, of Georgia, and the other, in Virginia, was the home of Thomas Lane, who worked with the Trump campaign in two states where the former president challenged the outcome after he lost.
WaPo identifies Carver as one of the individuals who was named as a false elector, to cast an electoral vote for Donald Trump despite not actually having a vote to cast.
According to HuffPost, Carver wasn’t initially supposed to be one of the fake Georgia electors, but when some of the originally-picked slate didn’t show up, he took the place of one. He’s also an attorney who the Republican National Committee selected to defend new, more restrictive, voting laws being pushed in the wake of Trump’s election loss.
In a LinkedIn bio appearing to belong to Lane, he identifies himself as a “Virginia Election Integrity State Director” in the employ of the RNC, and notes that he worked for Trump’s campaign as Election Day Operations Director, in New Mexico and Arizona, and that he served as a poll watcher in Arizona.
A man by the name of Thomas Lane is identified in AZMirror as serving as a poll watcher who testified that he witnessed election workers changing votes from Trump to Biden, but does not mention a connection to the Trump campaign.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has been criticized for not moving more quickly on the January 6th attacks, and in particular, the roles played by some top Republicans, but this looks like it could be a shift towards more public action.
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