House January 6th Committee Subpoenas Four Former Trump Administration Officials
The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol has issued subpoenas targeting four officials who served under former President Donald Trump during the tumultuous, waning days of his first and only term.
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino, former Oval Office adviser Steve Bannon, and Kashyap Patel, a former chief of staff to then-Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, were all served on Thursday night as Congress ramps up its probe into Trump’s failed insurrection.
“The Committee is investigating the facts, circumstances, and causes of the January 6th attack and issues relating to the peaceful transfer of power, to identify and evaluate lessons learned and to recommend corrective laws, policies, procedures rules, or regulations,” Democratic Committee Chair Bennie Thompson of Mississippi wrote in a press release.
Each named individual is suspected of either having foreknowledge of or actively participating in the events of January 6th.
According to the Committee:
- Meadows reportedly communicated with officials at the state level and in the Department of Justice as part of an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election or prevent the election’s certification. According to other reporting, Meadows was also in communication with organizers of the January 6th rally, including Amy Kremer of Women for America First. The Select Committee has previously sought White House records dealing with Meadows, including his actions and communications and information he received dealing with the results and integrity of the 2020 election.
- Scavino was with the former President on January 5th during a discussion of how to convince Members of Congress not to certify the election for [then-President-Elect] Joe Biden. Prior to the January 6th March for Trump, Scavino promoted the event on Twitter, encouraging people to ‘be a part of history.’ And records indicate that Scavino was tweeting messages from the White House on January 6th, 2021.
- Patel was serving as chief of staff to Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller. The former President had appointed Patel to this position on November 10th, the day after then-Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was replaced. According to documents provided by the Defense Department and published accounts, Patel was involved with discussions among senior Pentagon officials prior to and on January 6th, 2021, regarding security at the Capitol, and told a reporter that he was talking to Meadows ‘nonstop that day.’ The Select Committee has previously sought information about steps taken at the Pentagon to protect the national security both before and after January 6th, including Patel’s role and his communications with other Pentagon officials.
- It has also been reported that the former President attempted to install Patel as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in early December, but that planned appointment was abandoned after then-CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign. The Select Committee has previously sought records related to potential or actual personnel changes in the last months of the previous administration, including Patel’s appointment at the Defense Department and his reported potential appointment at CIA.
On Wednesday, ranking member Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) confirmed to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace that the Committee is treating the Trump and GOP-championed siege as an “attempted coup.”
This is a developing story.