January 6 Committee Summons Top Trump White House Officials
The select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol on Thursday appointed President Donald J. Summons four of Trump’s closest advisers, intensifying an investigation into what the former president was doing before and during the deadly riots.
The summons, the first panel issued, seeks information from former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows; Dan Scavino Jr., deputy chief of staff; Stephen K. Bannon, a former adviser to Mr. Trump; and Kash Patel, former Pentagon Chief of Staff.
The committee is demanding that the four people hand over the documents by October 7 and submit their statements next week.
“The Selection Committee is examining the facts, circumstances and causes of the January 6 attack and issues relating to the peaceful transfer of power, in order to identify and evaluate the lessons learned and to recommend corrective laws to the House and its respective committees.” policies, procedures, rules or regulations,” wrote Representative Benny Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and chairman of the committee, in a statement announcing the summons.
In letters transmitting the orders, the committee said it was seeking information about Mr Trump’s actions before and during the riots. The committee said Bannon reportedly communicated with Trump on 30 December and urged him to focus his efforts on 6 January. The committee said he was also present at a meeting at the Willard Hotel the day before the violence, when plans to try to reverse the results of the election the next day were discussed. He was quoted as saying, “Tomorrow all hell is going to break loose.”
Mr Meadows was involved in planning efforts to reverse the election results, the committee emphasized. In Mr. Trump’s final weeks in office, he repeatedly pushed the Justice Department to investigate unfounded conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election, according to emails provided to Congress, parts of which are reported by The New York Times. was reviewed by
The committee said Mr Meadows was also in contact with organizers of the January 6 rally that preceded the violence, including Amy Kramer of Women for America First.
Mr Scavino was in contact with Trump and others who had planned rallies prior to the January 6 violence, and met with Mr Trump on January 5 to discuss whether members of Congress should certify the election of the president. How to persuade not to. Biden, the committee said.
Mr Scavino promoted January 6 for Trump on Twitter, encouraging people to “be a part of history”. Records indicate Mr Scavino was tweeting messages from the White House on 6 January, according to the panel.
Mr. Patel served as chief of staff to acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller during the attack, when Mr. Trump replaced him as the top Pentagon official, Mark T. was appointed to replace Arizona. According to documents and published accounts provided by the Defense Department, Mr Patel was involved in discussions with senior Pentagon officials before and during the attack regarding security at the Capitol. The committee said Mr Patel was also reportedly in constant contact with Mr Meadows on the day of the attack.
The committee said it was investigating reporting that the former president had attempted to install Mr Patel as deputy director of the CIA in early December, a move following threats to resign by then-director Gina Haspel. The plan was abandoned.
“I am disappointed, but not surprised, that the committee has tried to subdue me through the press and violated longstanding protocol – which I upheld as an employee of Congress – by asking for my voluntary cooperation. First resorted to the mandatory process,” Mr Patel said in a statement. Statement. “I will continue to tell the American people the truth about the events of January 6th.”
Mr Bannon, Mr Meadows and Mr Scavino did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The subpoenas come as the committee sought detailed records of Mr Trump’s every movement and meeting on the day of the attack, with federal agencies suggesting it was focusing on any involvement that led to the attack. Could be in planning or execution. .
Their speedy release indicates that the panel is aggressively proceeding on its investigation without stopping to interact with important witnesses who may present important information.
“Such prompt summons are a sign they’re not messing around,” said Elliot Williams, a legal analyst. wrote on twitter.
The panel is investigating what led to the violence that surrounded the Capitol as supporters of Mr Trump, police officers were vandalized and hours into the official counting of electoral votes to formalize Mr Biden’s victory. was delayed. Little is known about what the former president was doing when he witnessed the devastation, or the days leading up to it.
According to several people familiar with the documents, who spoke on condition of anonymity about its contents, the committee sent records protection demands to 35 technology companies last month. Among the hundreds whose records the committee is seeking to preserve are nearly a dozen House Republicans, including Minority Leader Representative Kevin McCarthy, who has threatened to retaliate against any company that complies.
On Thursday, Mr McCarthy again criticized the committee, calling its work “more about politics than anything”.
“There are only two questions this committee really needs to look at: why was the Capitol abandoned so poorly, and how can we make sure it never happens again?” he said. “But that’s not what they’re focusing on.”
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