Special counsel subpoenas, grand jury appearances mount for Trump allies

January 13, 2023

Within the last month, multiple associates of former President Donald Trump received new wide-ranging subpoenas from Special Counsel Jack Smith requesting documents and records far more expansive than the previous outreaches these individuals received from the Department of Justice before Smith's appointment, ABC News has learned. Sources told ABC News that the recent appearances were requested by the special counsel's team. A source with direct knowledge of the matter described one grand jury appearance as "far more intense than round one." Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Casper, Wyo., May 28, 2022. The appointment of the special counsel was triggered by Trump's announcement that he is running for president for a third time, which created a conflict of interest, according to the DOJ special counsel guidelines.