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January 6 Committee summons speechwriter Trump to rally ahead of uprising

WASHINGTON – The House Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol issued subpoenas to three more aides to former President Donald Trump on Tuesday, including Ross Worthington, a speechwriter who helped draft the appeal in which Trump warned his followers. that they would have lost their country if they had not “fought like hell” that day.

“President Trump falsely claimed he won the 2020 presidential election and called on the crowd to ‘fight much harder’ and ‘stop stealing,’ the committee said in a letter to Worthington. “President Trump also called the marchers to the Capitol, telling them, ‘I’ll be there with you.’

Worthington, 33, is among several former aides to Stephen Miller, who was Trump’s speechwriter during his 2016 campaign and was primarily responsible for Trump’s keynote speeches during his four years in office. Miller was summoned by the committee in November, along with other senior officials in the Trump White House.

“If you don’t fight with all your might, you will no longer have a country,” Trump told thousands of his followers outside the White House on the day of the Capitol riot, primarily by reading his statements from teleprompters installed on both sides. department.

Worthington did not respond to HuffPost requests on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters on January 6, 2021, as Congress prepares to certify the Electoral College votes.

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The committee also issued subpoenas to Arthur Schwartz and Andy Surabyan, two advisers with close ties to Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who also spoke at the January 6 rally.

Letters to both men said the committee had inquired about their rally planning activities, including any concerns about the involvement of right-wing conspiracy theorists Ali Alexander and Alex Jones, as well as arranging speech fees for some speakers.

Schwartz did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Surabyan said through his lawyer that he would cooperate with the committee, but knew nothing about the January 6 events.

“Although we plan to cooperate with the committee within reasonable limits, we are perplexed why Mr. Surabyan was even summoned to court. He had nothing to do with the events that took place in the Capitol that day, did not participate in organizing the rally that preceded him and was absent from the Trump campaign payroll as of November 15, 2020, ”wrote lawyer Daniel Bean. statement.

The bipartisan committee on January 6 plans to begin holding public hearings as early as next month to prepare an interim report on Trump’s efforts to block confirmation of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election in his bid to stay in power.

“The protests that day turned into an attack on our democracy. The protesters turned into rioters who made a violent attempt to thwart the peaceful transfer of power, ”said committee chairman Benny Thompson, Mississippi, in a statement. “We have reason to believe that the individuals we have summoned to court today have relevant information and we expect them to join the more than 340 individuals who spoke to the Special Committee as we move forward in the investigation of this attack on our democracy and we do not provide anything of the kind. will ever happen again. “

Trump, who lost an election by 7 million votes nationally and 306-232 in the Electoral College, became the first president in more than two centuries of US elections to refuse to transfer power peacefully. The January 6 attack on the Capitol, which Trump instigated in his last desperate attempt to stay in office, resulted in the death of five people, including a police officer, as well as the injury of 140 officers and four police suicides.

Regardless, Trump remains the dominant figure in the Republican Party and is open about running for president again in 2024.

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