Jan. 6 U.S. House panel subpoena Trump advisers and associates – .

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WASHINGTON – A House committee investigating the January 6 insurgency on the U.S. Capitol has issued its first subpoenas, demanding files and testimony from four of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s close advisers and associates who were in contact with him before and during the attack.

In a significant escalation for the panel, committee chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Announced the subpoenas of former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, the former chief of state. -White House Deputy Chief Communications Officer Dan Scavino, former Defense Department official Kashyap Patel and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. The four men are among Trump’s most loyal assistants.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Wrote to the four that the committee was investigating “the facts, circumstances and causes” of the attack and asked them to produce documents and appear during depositions. in mid-October.

The panel, formed over the summer, is now launching the interview phase of its investigation after sorting through thousands of pages of documents it requested in August from federal agencies and social media companies. The committee also requested a wealth of documents from the White House. The goal is to provide a full account of what went wrong when Trump loyalists brutally beat up police, smashed windows and doors, and disrupted President Joe Biden’s certification of victory – and prevent something like this from happening again.

Thompson says in letters to each of the witnesses that investigators believe they have relevant information about preparing for the insurgency. In Bannon’s case, for example, Democrats cite his Jan. 5 prediction that “(a) all hell is going to break loose tomorrow” and his communications with Trump a week before the riot in which he urged the president to focus his attention. January 6th.

In the letter to Meadows, Thompson cites his efforts to reverse Trump’s defeat in the weeks leading up to the insurgency and his pressure on state officials to push the former president’s false claims of widespread electoral fraud.

“You were the president’s chief of staff and have critical information about many elements of our investigation,” Thompson wrote. “It appears you were with or near President Trump on January 6, had communications with the President and others on January 6 regarding the events on Capitol Hill, and are a witness to the day’s activities. “

Thompson wrote that the panel has “credible evidence” of Meadows’ involvement in events falling within the scope of the committee’s investigation. It also includes involvement in “the planning and preparation of efforts to challenge the presidential election and delay the counting of electoral votes”.

The letter also says the committee is interested in Meadows’ requests to Justice Department officials for inquiries into potential voter fraud. Former Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department found no fraud that could have affected the election outcome.

The panel cites reports that Patel, a Trump loyalist who had recently been placed in the Pentagon, spoke to Meadows “non-stop” the day the attack took place. In the letter to Patel, Thompson wrote that based on the documents obtained by the committee, there are “substantial reasons to believe that you have additional documents and information relevant to understanding the role played by the Department of Justice. Defense and the White House in preparation and response. to the attack on the United States Capitol. “

Scavino was with Trump on Jan.5 during a discussion of how to persuade members of Congress not to certify the election of Joe Biden, according to reports cited by the committee. On Twitter, he promoted Trump’s rally before the attack and encouraged his supporters to “be part of history.” In the letter to Scavino, Thompson said panel records indicated that Scavino was “tweeting messages from the White House” on January 6.

Thompson wrote that it appears Scavino was with Trump on Jan.6 and may have messages “relating to his video tapes and tweets” that day. He noted Scavino’s “long service” to the former president, spanning more than a decade.

The subpoenas are sure to anger Republicans, most of whom were content to quit the insurgency and remained loyal to Trump even after speaking out against the attack. Only two Republicans sit on the panel, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger.

In July, the committee held a moving first hearing with four police officers who fought insurgents and were injured and verbally assaulted when rioters broke into the building and repeated Trump’s lies about widespread voter fraud.

At least nine people there died during and after the riots, including a woman who was shot and killed by police as she attempted to break into the House bedroom and three other Trump supporters who have suffered medical emergencies. Two police officers died by suicide in the days immediately following, and a third officer, Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, collapsed and died after engaging with protesters. A medical examiner later determined that he had died of natural causes.

Metropolitan Police announced this summer that two other of their officers who responded to the insurgency, Officers Kyle DeFreytag and Gunther Hashida, had also died by suicide.

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