The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on Tuesday subpoenaed Rudolph W. Giuliani and the legal team that pursued a set of conspiracy-filled lawsuits on behalf of former President Donald J. Trump that made claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election. The committee said that the new subpoenas were aimed at “four individuals who publicly promoted unsupported claims about the 2020 election and participated in attempts to disrupt or delay the certification of election results.”
Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said in a statement that “the four individuals we’ve subpoenaed today advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former president about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes,”
In addition to Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer and a ringleader of the group, the panel subpoenaed three others: Jenna Ellis, who drafted a memo on how Mr. Trump could overturn the election by exploiting an obscure law; Sidney Powell, a lawyer whose organization raised millions of dollars based on false claims that election machines were rigged; and Boris Epshteyn, who pursued allegations of election fraud in Nevada and Arizona and participated in a call with Mr. Trump on the morning of Jan. 6, “during which options were discussed to delay the certification of election results,” the committee said.
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Giuliani called for “trial by combat” when addressing the crowd at the January 6th rally. Later, as the building was under siege, he called lawmakers in an attempt to delay the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
Breaking: The Jan. 6 Committee has issued subpoenas to members of Trump's outside legal team — Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, and Boris Epshteyn — for testimony and documents related to the panel's investigation.
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Ellis “reportedly prepared and circulated two memos purporting to analyze the constitutional authority for the Vice President [Mike Pence] to reject or delay counting electoral votes from states that had submitted alternate slates of electors,” the committee said in a press release. Powell, “actively promoted claims of election fraud on behalf of former President Trump in litigation and public appearances,” the committee said.
FLASH: House Jan 6 Committee has subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Boris Epshteyn, Jenna Ellis
Chairman says they "advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact w/ the former President…" pic.twitter.com/z6a6EymlCz
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And Epshteyn “reportedly attended meetings at the Willard Hotel in the days leading up to January 6th and had a call with former President Trump on the morning of January 6th to discuss options to delay the certification of election results in the event of Vice President Pence’s unwillingness to deny or delay the certification.”
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