Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Associated Press source: Trump aide Stephen Miller will speak to 1/6 panel

Washington ( Associated Press) — Stephen Millerwho served as a top aide to President Donald Trump, will appear before a congressional committee investigating the January 6 uprising on Thursday.According to two people familiar with the matter.

Miller was a senior adviser for policy during the Trump administration and a central figure in many policy decisions of Republicans. He had resisted the committee’s previous efforts, filing a lawsuit last month seeking to quash a committee’s summons to his phone records.

People familiar with the case spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private testimony. It is unclear whether Miller will appear in person or virtually. A spokesman for the committee said the panel had no comment, and Miller did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Miller’s scheduled testimony before committee comes weeks after Ivanka Trump And her husband, Jared Kushner, also agreed to sit with congressional investigators, months after the committee arrived.

Nine-member panel summons former Trump adviser With Steve Bannon and former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany in November. Benny Thompson, D-Miss, the panel’s chairman, said in a statement at the time that Miller “participated in efforts to spread misinformation about alleged voter fraud” and encouraged state legislatures to change the results. 2020 presidential election by appointing alternate electors.

Thompson also said that Miller helped prepare Trump’s remarks for the rally. on the ellipsoid that preceded the deadly January 6, 2021, uprising And he was with Trump when he spoke.

The House last week voted to hold former Trump advisers Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino in contempt For his month-long refusal to comply with the summons. The move was the third time the panel had sent people in the former president’s orbit to the Justice Department for possible prosecution of contempt. The first two referrals sent out late last year were for former White House chiefs of staff Mark Meadows and Bannon.

Contempt referral resulted in indictment against Bannon, with testing starting in July. The Justice Department has been slow to decide whether to prosecute Meadows, much to the frustration of the committee.

By agreeing to testify, Miller wants to avoid the fate of other former advisers and members of the Trump administration. The central facts of the January 6 uprising are known, but what the committee hopes to do is to fill in the remaining gaps regarding the attack on the Capitol. Lawmakers say they are committed to presenting a full account to ensure this never happens again.

The panel is looking into every aspect of the riot, including what Trump was doing while it unfolded and any ties between the White House and Trump supporters that broke out in the Capitol building.

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Associated Press writer Noman Merchant in Washington contributed to this report.

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