House Jan. 6 panel issues more subpoenas for former Trump associates, supporters

The highly partisan House select committee tasked with probing the riot the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 has issued yet another round of subpoenas seeking documents and testimony from individuals formerly in Donald Trump’s orbit.

According to the Washington Examiner, the subpoenas issued Friday target six individuals accused of being involved in planning rallies that took place on and ahead of Jan. 6, including two who are alleged to have met with Trump in the White House in the days immediately before protesters stormed the Capitol.

The witch hunt continues

According to the Examiner, the panel has already issued at least 51 subpoenas and has conducted more than 200 interviews as part of its ongoing effort to criminalize the former president and his allies for their actions on and leading up to Jan. 6.

Democrats tried and failed to impeach Trump for inciting the unrest before he left office.

“The Select Committee is seeking information from individuals who were involved in or witnesses to the coordination and planning of the events leading up to the violent attack on our democracy on January 6th,” Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said in a statement.

“Some of the witnesses we subpoenaed today apparently worked to stage the rallies on January 5th and 6th, and some appeared to have had direct communication with the former President regarding the rally at the Ellipse directly preceding the attack on the U.S. Capitol,” he added.

Thompson went on:

The Select Committee expects these witnesses to join the hundreds of individuals who have already cooperated with our investigation as we work to provide the American people with answers about what happened on January 6th and ensure nothing like that day ever happens again.

Six more subpoenas

The six subpoenas announced Friday were aimed at individuals including Robert “Bobby” Peede, Jr. and Max Miller, who, according to the committee, “met with the former President in his private dining room off the Oval Office on January 4th, 2021 to discuss the January 6th Ellipse rally and the speakers at the rally.”

Also subpoenaed were Brian Jack, Trump’s director of political affairs who had invited members of Congress to join the then-president at the Ellipse rally, as well as Bryan Lewis, who had obtained a permit for a rally outside the Capitol to protest the election results. Stop the Steal’s Ed Martin and Moms for America’s Kimberly Fletcher, both rally organizers, were also subpoenaed.

The calls for testimony came just one day after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a lawsuit from Trump seeking to invoke executive privilege to block the National Archives from turning over to the House panel hundreds of documents from his time in office, some of which he said have nothing to do with the unrest on Jan. 6.

“We applaud the Court’s decisive ruling, which respects the Select Committee’s interest in obtaining White House records and the President’s judgment in allowing those records to be produced,” Thompson and committee Vice-Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) said in a joint statement Thursday. “Our work moves ahead swiftly. We will get to the truth.”

According to the Examiner, the former president is likely to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, though it remains to be seen how they’d rule on the matter — assuming, of course, that they’re even willing to take it up for consideration.

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