Particular counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed former Trump nationwide safety adviser Robert O’Brien as a part of his probes into the previous president’s dealing with of categorized paperwork and efforts to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election, an individual acquainted with the matter confirmed to NBC Information.
The transfer comes as Smith — who was appointed special counsel by Lawyer Common Merrick Garland — seems to have reached a brand new section within the investigation. Former Vice President Mike Pence has additionally been subpoenaed by Smith for details about former President Donald Trump’s effort to remain in workplace after the 2020 election and his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
O’Brien, who declined remark, was Trump’s fourth and closing nationwide safety adviser, serving from September 2019 till the top of the administration on Jan. 20, 2021.
He had been amongst a small group of Trump’s high officers to acknowledge Joe Biden’s election victory, saying in November 2020 that the Nationwide Safety Council was making ready for “a really skilled transition.”
O’Brien sat for an interview with the Home committee that was investigating the Jan. 6 riot final yr. His former deputy, Matthew Pottinger, testified earlier than the panel at a public listening to that he resigned due to the riot however stayed on in a single day at O’Brien’s urging as a result of O’Brien was getting back from a visit.
The O’Brien subpoena was first reported by CNN.