Former House Democrat proposes subpoenaing Trump family members, allies over Capitol riot

Critics of former President Donald Trump have spent six months blaming him for inciting the riot on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6.

Now, the Washington Examiner reports that former U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (D-VA) is calling for Trump, his family members, and some of his key allies to be subpoenaed over the events of that day.

“You’re going to have lots of people who are going to keep their communications with Trump Jr. or with Ivanka,” the Virginia Democrat said during a recent event sponsored by New York University.

“Subpoena those individuals personally”

Comstock went on to speculate about a subpoena for former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, “for all the contact that he had with anybody having anything to do with this rally on Jan. 6, how did that come about, all those documents will be very easy to get, and you should subpoena those individuals personally because they will not have executive privilege over any documents they took home and are sitting in their basement or their garage.”

As for the targets of additional subpoenas, the former lawmaker insisted that there are “so many things that haven’t been looked at at all — basically the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House.”

Comstock also argued that an investigation should focus on certain right-wing groups “like the Proud Boys and these, you know, Three Percenters, these differing groups, the white nationalist groups” and their involvement in the riot.

Her comments came on the heels of an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) regarding the establishment of a select committee tasked with evaluating the events of Jan. 6.

Partisan attacks continue

House Democrats initially sought to pass legislation to create a 9/11-style bipartisan commission to investigate the riot, but that measure stalled in the U.S. Senate.

Pelosi’s 13-member team is slated to include five GOP picks, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has reportedly warned those in his part from joining the committee.

The House speaker has already announced her eight picks, including one Republican. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), a long-time Trump critic who voted with a handful of Republicans to impeach the then-president following the January riot.

Her actions have cost her a leadership position in the party and prompted her censure by Republicans in her home state. Cheney is expected to face a fierce primary battle ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

Comstock’s remarks represent the level of criticism Trump continues to receive from the left, but despite the bipartisan backlash to his term in office, the former president remains popular among millions of Americans and continues to hold open the possibility of another White House bid in 2024.

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