Former national security adviser Robert O’Brien subpoenaed by special counsel in Trump investigations

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Special counsel Jack Smith subpoenaed former Trump national security adviser Robert O’Brien as part of his investigations into the former president’s handling of classified documents and efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, he confirmed to NBC. News a person familiar with the matter.

The move comes as Smith, who was special counsel appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland — appears to have reached a new phase in the investigation. Smith also subpoenaed former Vice President Mike Pence for information on former President Donald Trump’s effort to stay in office after the 2020 election and his role in the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill.

O’Brien, who declined to comment, was Trump’s fourth and final national security adviser, serving from September 2019 until the end of the administration on January 20, 2021.

He had been among a small group of top Trump officials to acknowledge Joe Biden’s election victory, saying in November 2020 that the National Security Council was preparing for «a very professional transition.»

O’Brien sat down for an interview with the House committee that was investigating the riots on January 6 of last year. His former deputy, Matthew Pottinger, testified before the panel in a public hearing that he resigned because of the riots, but stayed the night at O’Brien’s urging because O’Brien was returning from a trip.

O’Brien’s subpoena was first reported by CNN.

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