According to persons informed on the subject, the Justice Department has subpoenaed two former senior White House political aides under Former President Donald J. Trump as part of an investigation into Mr. Trump’s post-election fund-raising and preparations for so-called fake electors.
This week, a federal grand jury issued subpoenas to more than a dozen individuals related to the former president, including Brian Jack, the last White House political director under Mr. Trump, and Stephen Miller, Mr. Trump’s chief speechwriter and senior policy advisor.
The subpoenas seek information about the Save America political action group and the strategy to submit slates of electors from swing states that Joseph R. Biden Jr. won in the 2020 election. During a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021, Mr. Trump and his supporters argued that rival slates of electors would justify rejecting or delaying certification of Mr. Biden’s Electoral College victory.
Mr. Miller’s attorney refused to respond. Mr. Jack, who continues to serve as a consultant to both Mr. Trump and Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the head of the House Republican caucus, as well as numerous other House Republicans, refused to comment.
A subpoena does not imply that a person is the subject of an investigation, although the Justice Department may issue subpoenas to individuals from whom it seeks information.
The subpoenas were issued to a wide range of White House and Trump campaign employees, including senior officials such as the campaign’s chief financial officer, Mr. Trump’s personal aides, and the former chief of staff to Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter who also served as one of his top advisers.
The Save America PAC was established shortly after Election Day in 2020, when Mr. Trump aggressively collected funds on his unfounded allegations of a “stolen” election due to extensive voter fraud.
A grand jury in Washington has issued subpoenas to relatively junior White House officials and members of Trump’s 2020 campaign. In addition to requesting information on the Save America PAC, the subpoenas sought communications with many pro-Trump attorneys, including as Kenneth Chesebro, who helped develop the electors scheme.
Beginning this spring, many subpoenas pertaining only to the phoney elector plot were delivered to Republican state legislators and state Republican leaders connected with Mr. Trump. These subpoenas were issued by senior federal prosecutor Thomas P. Windom, who has been heading the investigation into the fraud.
At least one of the new subpoenas contained the name of an experienced fraud prosecutor, and another bore the name of Mary L. Dohrmann, who has been working with Mr. Windom in recent months.
Last month, for instance, both Mr. Windom and Ms. Dohrmann made appearances in a lawsuit brought by the attorney John Eastman, who is seeking the restoration of a smartphone seized from him by federal authorities in June. Mr. Eastman is one of the architects of the false elector plan.
Mr. Jack’s primary responsibility at the White House consisted of counselling Mr. Trump on elections lower down the ballot. He has not received payment from Save America.
Mr. Miller has been compensated by Save America since leaving the White House, although he is not known to have had a part in the development of the electors scheme or fund-raising operations, despite having discussed electors on television.
On Dec. 14, 2020 — the day the Electoral College gathered to cast votes for president — Mr. Miller went on Fox News and stated that state legislatures in six critical swing states were sending “an alternative slate of electors” to Congress.