Panel Subpoenas Four Ex-Trump Aides on January 6

by Wall Street Rebel | Michael London | 09/24/2021 11:04 AM
Panel Subpoenas Four Ex-Trump Aides on January 6

The select January 6 committee has subpoenaed four Trump former aides, including Steve Bannon. Subpoenas were also served on former chief of staff Mark Meadows, his deputy Dan Scavino, and former Defense Department staffer Kash Patel.

 

The special committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol issued subpoenas to four former aides to former President Donald Trump on Thursday, including former chief of staff Mark Meadows and strategist Steve Bannon.

They were also emailed to Dan Scavino, Trump's deputy chief of staff for communications, and Kashyap Patel, the chief of staff to then-acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, a former House member, and White House staffer.

All four have been asked to appear in person for a deposition in mid-October.

According to the committee documents, the four top Trump advisors overturned the 2020 election and activities related to January 6.

"You have been identified as present at the Willard Hotel on January 5, 2021, during an effort to persuade members of Congress to block the certification of the Election the next day, and in relation to other activities on January 6," the committee wrote in the letter to Bannon.

"You are also described as contacting then-President Trump on December 30, 2020, and perhaps other occasions, urging him to prepare for and focus his efforts on January 6, 2021," according to the paper.

On January 5, 2021, you are also quoted as saying, "all hell is going to break loose tomorrow."

It is the committee's most aggressive attempt yet, after a series of requests to government agencies for material from the Trump administration and demands for a number of documents from major telecommunications and technology companies.

The letters also reference subpoenas for other materials but do not identify which records are being sought.

In late July, the panel also heard harrowing testimony from four police officers who recounted being attacked by Trump supporters while guarding the Capitol that day.

On January 6, the panel will conduct its second hearing.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), chairman of the committee that conducted its first hearing on January 6, has promised further hearings but has said that his committee needs first to gather evidence.

The committee's interest in what Trump was up to on January 6 is also evident in the letters, both in the days leading up to the rally at which Trump urged supporters to "fight like hell" and march on the Capitol, and in the hours immediately following the attack when the National Guard was significantly delayed in assisting police officers in securing the Capitol.

According to the committee, Meadows was engaged in a push to persuade the Justice Department and state election authorities to start investigations into election fraud in crucial states for Trump, even though state and federal courts had rejected such claims.

In August, the committee sought a treasure of papers, and the requests indicate that the committee is already making use of that request.

According to documents provided by the Department of Justice, during your time as Chief of Staff, "you directly communicated with the highest officials at the Department of Justice requesting an inquiry into election fraud problems in several states."

Your participation in a range of planned and preparation efforts to dispute the presidential election and postpone counting electoral votes has been widely reported.

Meadows, via a spokesman, declined to comment on the issue.

In his lengthy and confusing statement, Trump blasted the subpoenas issued by the "Unselect Committee" and repeated the lie that the presidential election had been rigged once again.

"Hopefully, the Unselect Committee will be calling witnesses on the Rigged Presidential Election of 2020," he added, "which is the primary reason why hundreds of thousands of people came to Washington, D.C. in the first place."

The committee, according to Scavino, has pointed to a number of tweets from Trump's former communications director, including those referring to the rally, and has requested that he turn over any video recordings of Trump's message to supporters on January 6, in which he told them to "go home" and added, "We love you."

"You have a distinct personality."

"It is clear from your public Twitter account that you were posting comments from the White House on January 6, 2021," the statement says.

Furthermore, before January 6, 2021, you endorsed the January 6 March for Trump on Twitter, urging people to "be a part of history," according to the letter.

Furthermore, they added, "It seems that you were with or near President Trump on January 6 and are a witness to his behavior that day."

They highlighted Scavino's decade of work with Trump as proof of his "knowledge about communications involving the 2020 election" and subsequent rallies, as well as his "knowledge regarding communications addressing the 2020 election."

He was appointed to his post at the Defense Department (DOD) the day after previous Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was fired.

Patel formerly worked as the head of the counterterrorism strategy at the National Security Council.

Documents show that Patel may have information about the Department of Defense's response to the attack, including the delay in the arrival of the National Guard on the scene, as well as information "related to your personal involvement in the planning for the events of January 6 and the peaceful transfer of power," among other things, according to the committee.

In a previous statement on Thursday, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), a key member of the January 6 panel, warned that people who refuse to cooperate with the probe may face criminal contempt of Congress charges.

"Certainly, there will be some who will not be cooperating with us, and I'm not referring to the current administration, but members of the past administration. We have to anticipate that," Schiff said,

Thompson alluded to the committee's powers, which included calling witnesses when starting the inquiry.

"The Select Committee is investigating the facts, circumstances, and causes of the January 6th attack and issues relating to the peaceful transfer of power, in order to identify and evaluate lessons learned and to recommend to the House and its relevant committee's corrective laws, policies, procedures, rules, or regulations," according to a statement accompanying the subpoenas.

 

 

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