House committee subpoenas 10 former Trump officials in US Capitol riot investigation
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House committee subpoenas 10 former Trump officials in US Capitol riot investigation

The US House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol issued 10 new subpoenas on Tuesday.

The Committee justified the subpoenas stating that there is reason to believe that the 10 individuals have “relevant information” related to the attack. The subpoenas request records and testimony, though it is unclear when the individuals will testify or exactly what materials they will be expected to hand over.

The subpoenaed individuals include former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and former senior advisor to then-President Trump Stephen Miller. The Committee asserts that McEnany made “multiple statements from the White House and elsewhere” about fraud surrounding the 2020 Presidential Election. Additionally, the Committee cites evidence that McEnany was at the “Stop the Steal” rally with former President Trump and “popped in and out” of the room while he was watching the attack on television. Similarly, in their subpoena letter to Stephen Miller, the Committee alleges that he “prepared” President Trump for remarks at the rally on the Ellipse. Moreover, they claim he was at the White House on the day of the attack and was also present at the “Stop the Steal” rally.

The Committee, led by Congressman Bennie Thompson, is designed to “investigate and report upon the facts, circumstances and causes relating” to the attack on the Capitol and is comprised of 9 members, 2 Republicans and 7 Democrats. In September, the Committee subpoenaed a former White House Chief of Staff, a former Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, a former Defense Department official and former Trump advisor Stephen Bannon.

Over the coming weeks, the Committee is expected to issue more subpoenas to gather more information about the January 6 Attack.