Washington — Former New York City Police Commissionerhas turned over thousands of pages of records to as part of the into efforts to stop the transfer of presidential power after the 2020 election, sources familiar with the matter confirmed to CBS News.
The documents were submitted to Smith on Sunday. A source close to Kerik’s legal team said they believe the records, which include sworn affidavits from people raising concerns about the integrity of the 2020 presidential contest, show there was a genuine effort to investigate potential voter fraud in the last election.
CNN was first to report that Kerik had given Smith’s team the materials.
Despite the allegations about election irregularities,of seeking to invalidate the results from key battleground states were tossed out, and all 50 states certified their election results.
Kerik served as police commissioner under then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani from 2000 to 2001 and is an ally of former President Donald Trump’s. He and Giuliani worked together on an effort to identify widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. Kerik wasin prison in 2010 after pleading guilty to eight felonies involving tax fraud and obstruction, and Trump a decade later.
Kerik is set to speak with investigators from Smith’s team, and his lawyer, Tim Parlatore,last week he expected the interview to happen “soon.” Parlatore was among the key lawyers working for Trump in the Justice Department’s investigations into the former president, but in May.
The tranche of documents provided to Smith include emails to and from Kerik, in which recipients include a range of Trump lawyers, consultants and allies. Among those who received the messages were Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis, conservative lawyers who pushed the unverified claims of fraud, as well as members of Trump’s campaign, including advisers Jason Miller and Boris Epshteyn.
The batch includes communications with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Trump pardonedin the final weeks of his presidency. by the special counsel, according to two sources familiar with the communication, but it is unclear if he has met with investigators.
The records show an email sent from Georgia Republican Party chair David Shafer to Kerik, an aide to Giuliani, Donald Trump Jr., the former president’s eldest son, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, an adviser to Trump’s campaign.
The material also includes business information related to Dominion Voting Systems, an electronic voting company that was at the center of baseless claims the election was rigged against Trump. Dominion filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News and its top on-air personalities, arguing the network knowingly spread false information about its role in the 2020 election. The two partiesin April ending the dispute, and Fox agreed to pay Dominion $787.5 million.
Smith was appointed in November by Attorney General Merrick Garland to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation into the efforts to stop the transfer of power after Trump lost the election and the certification of Electoral College votes on. The counting of state electoral votes by Congress was interrupted when a mob of Trump’s supporters breached the U.S. Capitol building, leading law enforcement to evacuate lawmakers and then-Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the proceeding.
Trump revealed earlier this month that he received a letter from Smith’s office informing him thatof the investigation, an indication that a decision on whether to pursue charges against Trump is near.
A senior Trump source said the target letter highlights. Two of the laws include potential charges of conspiracy to commit an offense or to defraud the U.S., and deprivation of rights under color of law. The third indicates potential charges ranging from obstruction of an official proceeding to tampering with a witness, victim or an informant. Hundreds of defendants in the Justice Department’s probe into the Jan. 6 Capitol attack have faced the obstruction-related charge.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing related to events after the November 2020 election and leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. He has claimed the investigation is a “witch hunt” pursued by the Justice Department.