Six Trump allies served with subpoenas by the panel probing Capitol Hills riot


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On Monday, a House committee probing the assault on the US Capitol on January 6 issued six more subpoenas to former President Donald Trump's allies.

Trump supporters attacked police and stormed Congress in an attempt to halt the electoral process.

What information do we have regarding the subpoenas?

Individuals subpoenaed are accused of spreading false information about the 2020 US presidential election, including the unsubstantiated claim that voting was rigged in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden and against Trump.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien, former senior adviser Jason Miller, national executive assistant to the campaign Angela McCallum, and lawyer John Eastman are among the Trump associates subpoenaed.

A former New York City police commissioner, Bernard Kerik, served with a subpoena for allegedly purchasing hotel rooms that operated as "command centers" before January 6.

Beginning November 30, Trump associates will be forced to turn over papers and appear in court for dispositions.

Trump indicated last month that he would sue the January 6 panel to prevent committee members from seeing records relating to the riot. Additionally, the former president has urged his allies to disregard subpoenas.

Trump's allies have been accused of interfering with the election process.

The committee's chairman, Democrat Bennie Thompson, stated in a statement that Trump supporters not only circulated false information about the election but also "planned ways to stop the count of Electoral College votes."

The US Constitution established the Electoral College, which is ultimately responsible for electing the president and vice president.

"The Select Committee needs to know every detail about their efforts to overturn the election, including who they were talking to in the White House and in Congress, and what connections they had with rallies that escalated into a riot, and who paid for it all," Thompson added.

When was the House Committee on January 6 formed?

On July 1, the Select Committee to Inquire into the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol was established. It is made up of seven Democratic members and two Republican members.

On July 28, the committee convened its inaugural hearing, during which police officers shared their experiences guarding the Capitol during the disturbance. The panel has so far issued 25 subpoenas and conducted closed-door interviews with approximately 150 witnesses.

In May, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell vetoed a plan to establish a similar bipartisan January 6 commission in the Senate, calling the proposal "slanted and unbalanced."

Five individuals were killed, and around 100 police officers were injured in the violence on January 6. Trump was eventually impeached a second time in the Democratic-controlled House for instigating the violence but was acquitted by the Senate.

Publish : 2021-11-09 10:43:00

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