House Jan. 6 committee subpoenas ‘alternate electors’

The House select committee investigating last year’s riot on Capitol Hill appear determined to keep their partisan narrative alive.

According to the Washington Examiner, the Democratic-led panel has subpoenaed 14 officials who acted as “alternate electors” by declaring former President Donald Trump the winner of several states after he officially lost the 2020 election.

Details of the alleged scheme

As members of the committee argue, Trump’s allies used these electors in an attempt to block the U.S. Senate’s certification of the electoral results.

The panel asserted that in December 2020, a “group of individuals” convened in seven states — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — that officially went to President Joe Biden in the election.

From there, the individuals sent alternate certificates to the National Archives. Those certificates, the select committee contends, contained signatures from officials claiming to be Trump electors.

Some of the certificates reportedly included a note clarifying that they were sent in case a later determination indicated that Trump actually won those states.

As for the ongoing congressional investigation, members of the committee continue pushing for access to testimony and documents related to the Trump administration’s supposed involvement in the Jan. 6 riot.

“Efforts to send false slates of electors”

According to committee leaders, testimony from the 14 subpoenaed individuals — two from each of the aforementioned states — will be vital to the House probe. Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) issued a statement regarding the latest subpoenas. As of this writing, at least one of those individuals has indicated that he will comply.

“The Select Committee is seeking information about attempts in multiple states to overturn the results of the 2020 election, including the planning and coordination of efforts to send false slates of electors to the National Archives,” he wrote.

As for the scope of their investigation, Thompson said committee members want to know “how these so-called alternate electors met and who was behind that scheme.”

He encouraged the 14 individuals to “cooperate with the Select Committee’s investigation to get answers about January 6th for the American people and help ensure nothing like that day ever happens again.”

Of course, the committee itself is facing increased criticism as the investigation drags on. In fact, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) recently opined that members could face criminal prosecution and jail time for their behavior.

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