The Justice Department stepped up its investigation on Jan. 6 with 40 subpoenas to Trump associates

The Justice Department’s investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol and former President Donald Trump’s attempt to stay in office against the will of voters took a new turn with the issuance of 40 grand jury subpoenas to associates and advisers over the past week.

According to New York Times, the escalation of the long investigation also led to the seizure of cellphones belonging to two of Mr. Trump’s longtime confidants: campaign strategist Mike Roman and Trump campaign lawyer and occasional podcast host Boris Epstein.

The times reported that the subpoenas, which were issued as part of a secret grand jury investigation into Mr. Trump’s push to stay in the White House despite losing the election, also targeted people who remained close to the former president after the end of his term on January 20, 2021, including his longtime social media guru Daniel Scavino.

Sources familiar with the investigation said the phones were seized pursuant to warrants issued as part of an investigation into the submission of false voter IDs to the National Archives in the days leading up to the attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob believed to be goal by stopping Congress from certifying the former president’s loss to Joe Biden.

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