WASHINGTON (AP) – A committee investigating the January 6 Capitol uprising sent subpoenas to six associates of former President Donald Trump who were involved in his efforts to reverse his defeat in the 2020 election, further intensifying the commission’s investigation into the sources of the incident. violent attack.
Commission chairman Benny Thompson, Rep. Benny Thompson, said Monday in a statement that the committee is demanding testimony and documents from former Trump campaign officials and others who participated in the so-called “war room” before the siege and otherwise strategized how to stop the recognition of Biden’s victory.
Thompson said the committee sent subpoenas to Bill Stepien, Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign manager; Jason Miller, Senior Campaign Advisor; Angela McCallum, national executive assistant for the campaign; John Eastman, lawyer who advised the former president; Michael Flynn, a former Trump national security adviser who spoke to Trump before the uprising; and Bernard Kerik, who the committee said paid for the hotel rooms that served as command centers until January 6.
“In the days leading up to the January 6 attack, the former president’s closest allies and advisers launched a campaign of disinformation about the elections and planned ways to stop the electoral college’s vote count. The special committee needs to know all the details about their efforts to cancel the elections, including who they spoke to in the White House and in Congress, what connections they had with the rallies that escalated into riots, and who paid for it all. ” … Thompson said in a statement.
The rebels, who forcibly pushed the police back into the Capitol and interrupted the vote count in favor of Biden’s victory, echoed Trump’s false claims of widespread fraud, and the committee says the six people summoned to court helped fuel disinformation in the days leading up to the attack. Trump’s false statements came after election officials and courts across the country confirmed Biden’s victory, and as his own attorney general said there was no evidence of fraud.
The subpoenas come in as the commission works with other close Trump advisers to obtain testimony. He interviewed over 150 people in government, social media, and law enforcement.