A committee investigating the January 6 Capitol uprising has issued summons to six aides of former President Donald Trump who were involved in efforts to reverse his defeat in the 2020 election, furthering the panel’s investigation into the origins of the violent attack. By increasing
The panel’s chair, Representative Benny Thompson, said in a statement Monday that the committee was seeking testimony and documents from former Trump campaign officials and others who participated in the so-called “war room” before the siege and were otherwise Strategized about how to stop Joe Biden’s certificate of victory.
Thompson said the committee issued subpoenas to Bill Stepian, the manager of Trump’s 2020 election campaign; Campaign Senior Advisor Jason Miller; National Executive Assistant for the Campaign Angela McCallum; John Eastman, a lawyer who advised the former president; Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, who spoke with Trump before the rebellion; and Bernard Kerrick, who the committee says paid for hotel rooms that served as command centers before January 6.
“In the days before the January 6 attacks, the former president’s closest aides and advisers campaigned for misinformation about the election and planned to stop the Electoral College’s vote counting. Every detail needs to be known about the election, including who he was talking to in the White House and Congress, what he had to do with the rallies, what turned into a riot, and who paid for what, Thompson said in a statement.
Rioters violently pushed back police to break into the Capitol and hamper the election count of Biden’s victory, repeat Trump’s false claims of widespread fraud, and the committee says the six men who summoned, He helped increase misinformation in the days before the attack. Trump’s false claims came after election officials and courts across the country verified Biden’s victory, and as his own attorney general said there was no evidence of fraud.
The summons come as the panel is working with other close Trump advisers to garner testimony. It has interviewed more than 150 people in government, social media and law enforcement.