The House panel probing the US Capitol uprising is seeking records and testimony from a former White House aide they say helped draft former President Donald Trump’s January 6 speech, as well as two others. People said were in communication with people close to Trump.
Mississippi Representative Benny Thompson, the Democratic chairman of the panel, issued subpoenas Tuesday to Andy Surbian and Arthur Schwartz, the strategist who advised Donald Trump Jr., and Ross Worthington, a former White House official who the committee says Trump did during the speech. Helped with drafting. The rally directly preceded last year’s attack.
“We have reason to believe that the individuals we summoned today have relevant information, and we expect to be among the more than 340 individuals who have spoken with the select committee as we continue to strengthen our democracy.” But let’s proceed to investigate this attack and make sure nothing of the sort. It will ever happen again,” Thompson said in a letter on Tuesday.
Worthington is a former Trump White House and campaign aide who served as a speechwriter and policy adviser. He previously worked for former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump ally.
Surbian is a GOP strategist who has worked in Trump’s orbit with Trump’s eldest son, Trump Jr., former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, and others. The committee alleges that Schwartz, another strategist who worked with Trump Jr. and Bannon, communicated with people including Trump Jr. and his fiancé and Trump fundraiser, Kimberly Guilfoyle, on The Ellipse about the January 6 rally.
A lawyer representing Surbian said his client would cooperate with the committee “within reason”, but did not understand why the summons was issued in the first place.
“He had nothing to do with the events at the Capitol that day, zero participation in the rally’s event before that, and was off the Trump campaign payroll as of November 15, 2020,” Daniel Bean said. in a statement.
Schwartz had no comment when reached by The Associated Press on Tuesday, and Worthington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
At the time, Trump was pushing false claims of widespread voter fraud and lobbying Vice President Mike Pence and Republican members of Congress to try to reverse the count in a January 6 congressional certification. Trump’s claims were repeatedly rejected by the courts as well as election officials across the country.