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On January 6, the commission summoned 10 more former White House aides to court

WASHINGTON (AP) – House investigators sent subpoenas to 10 additional former officials who worked for Donald Trump at the end of his term in an attempt to learn more about what the president did and said when his supporters violently stormed the US Capitol. January 6th in an attempt to undo his defeat.

Subpoenas, including requests for documents and testimony from senior adviser Stephen Miller and spokesman Kayleigh Makinani, bring a House commission tasked with investigating an insurrection within Trump’s inner circle – and Trump himself – even further. They emerged a day after the committee summoned six other associates of the former president to court for spreading lies about widespread electoral fraud and strategizing on how to prevent President Joe Biden from winning.

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“The special committee wants to know all the details about what happened in the White House on January 6 and a few days before that,” said Mississippi spokesman Benny Thompson, chairman of the Democratic Commission. “We need to know exactly what role the former president and his aides played in trying to stop the electoral vote count, and if they were in contact with anyone outside the White House trying to change the election results.”

It is unclear whether the Trump group will take the Trump to court, although committee leaders said they were not ruling anything out. The commission last month summoned several other former Trump advisers to court, including former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and longtime ally Steve Bannon. The House of Representatives voted to disdain Bannon after he said he would disobey.

The group said it wants to investigate not only the attack itself, but its origins, namely the lies Trump spread about massive electoral fraud, despite the fact that all 50 states confirmed the elections and courts across the country rejected his claims.

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On Tuesday, the committee said it issued subpoenas for Miller, who the commission said was “involved in efforts to spread false information about alleged voter fraud,” and Makinani, who lawmakers said was occasionally present with Trump when he watched the uprising and spoke at the meeting. rally that morning.

The group is also demanding documents and testimony from Keith Kellogg, a former national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, who wrote a subpoena that he wanted to hear it because “you were with President Trump when the attack on the US Capitol broke out on January 6 and have direct information on the former president’s statements and reactions to the uprising in the Capitol. ” It also says that, according to several reports, Kellogg urged Trump to send out a tweet aimed at helping control the crowd.

Other former Trump aides called to court included Personal Assistant Nicholas Luna, Special Assistant Molly Michael, Deputy Assistant Ben Williamson, Deputy Chief of Staff Christopher Liddell, Chief Human Resources Officer John McInty, Special Assistant Cassidy Hutchinson, and Justice Department official Kenneth Klukowski.

The committee said Klukowski spoke to senior Justice Department official Jeffrey Clarke about a letter Clarke sent to Georgia election officials urging them to delay certifying voting results in that state because of alleged fraud.

The letter also said that Clark and Klukowski spoke ahead of a January 3 White House meeting at which Trump considered replacing Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Clark.

The committee also summoned Clark, who appeared last week to testify and refused to testify.

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