The House select committee investigating the Capitol attack reached out to Donald Trump’s inner circle on Tuesday and issued subpoenas to three new White House officials involved in planning the former president’s appearance at the rally that preceded the insurrection. January 6.
The new subpoenas show that the select committee is getting closer and closer to Trump in its investigation and suggests that the panel is now examining whether the former president’s speech suggested that the White House had prior knowledge of the plans to attack the Capitol.
Congressman Bennie Thompson, chair of the select committee, issued subpoenas to former White House strategists. Andy Surabian | Y arturo schwartz, suggesting they helped coordinate Trump’s appearance by communicating with organizers and speakers at the rally.
The president also authorized a subpoena for rossworthington, the former White House official who wrote Trump’s speech at the rally, during which the former president lied saying he won the 2020 election and urged his supporters to march on Capitol Hill.
“The select committee is seeking information from people who participated in the rally,” Thompson said. “The protests that day turned into an attack on our democracy. The protesters became rioters who carried out a violent attempt to derail the peaceful transfer of power.
The rally in Ellipse has risen to prominence for the select committee in recent weeks as it examines whether Trump obstructed congressional proceedings by inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol and stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.
The Guardian first reported last week that the panel is also examining whether Trump oversaw a criminal conspiracy that connected his plan for then-Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to certify Biden’s victory with the extremist groups that attacked the Capitol.
Thompson said in the subpoena letters to Surabian and Schwartz that they were targeted because they appeared to have had repeated communication with some of the main organizers and speakers at the rally, including Trump’s eldest son Don Jr and his fiancee Kimberly Guilfoyle.
The president added that they also had contacts that touched on securing the participation of far-right activists such as Ali Alexander and Alex Jones in the rally, discussed media coverage of the rally, and presentation fees for others who spoke at the rally.
Thompson said in the subpoena letter to Worthington that he has been under attack since he helped compose Trump’s speech for the rally, where the former president urged his followers to “fight much harder” and “stop the robbery,” before promising. march with them to the capitol.
The select committee gave Trump’s three former advisers until Jan. 24 to produce the documents detailed in the subpoenas, with testimony dates set from the end of the month through the first week of February.
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