We’re learning more and more about the expanded scope of the Justice Department’s investigation into ex-President Donald Trump’s fake elector scheme, which was spearheaded, in part, by then-Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the legal team he led.
Allegheny County Republican Party chair Sam DeMarco, one of the sham electors in Pennsylvania, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday that the FBI had visited his home earlier that morning to serve him a subpoena and interview him for about an hour.
DeMarco, who is also a member of the Allegheny County council and the county elections board, said that the FBI’s subpoena seeks all of his texts, emails and written communications with the Trump campaign, Trump’s legal team and the other 19 fake electors in Pennsylvania.
The deadline for those materials is July 8, DeMarco said, and he plans on cooperating.
“I’ll certainly comply with their request,” the county GOP chair told the Post-Gazette.
DeMarco claimed he only had direct contact with the fellow sham electors, not Trump’s campaign or legal team.
Reports of new FBI subpoenas to fake Trump electors have also emerged in Michigan, another swing state that Trump and his allies targeted in the elector scheme.
Michele Lundgren, one of the 16 bogus electors, told the Detroit Free Press and ClickOnDetroit on Thursday that federal agents interviewed her for two hours at her home that day. They also served her a subpoena directing her to go to D.C. for an interview on July 8, Lundgren said.
Like DeMarco, Lundgren said she plans to cooperate with the feds.
Bizarrely, Lundgren told ClickOnDetroit that when she signed the sham Electoral College certificate after the 2020 election, she “didn’t even know what an elector was, let alone a fake elector.”
Lundgren’s husband, Carl Lundgren, told MLive.com that a fake elector named Amy Facchinello got a federal subpoena as well, but she refused to talk to the agents.
Michigan state Republican Party spokesperson Gus Portelo told the Detroit Free Press that the group wasn’t aware of any subpoenas, but it does “expect them.”
The sweep of subpoenas to the fake electors on Thursday came a day after federal law enforcement subpoenaed or executed search warrants to at least 11 people involved in the scheme. One of those people was Jeffrey Clark, Trump’s ex-top DOJ lackey in the plot, whose home was raided by the FBI on Wednesday.