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Jan 6th Select Committee Considering Sending Subpoenas to Trump WH Aides

Jan 6th Select Committee Considering Sending Subpoenas to Trump WH Aides

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol is considering issuing a blitz of subpoenas for top Trump White House aides including the former chief and deputy chief of staff. Select Committee investigators are considering subpoenas for call detail records or testimony of key aides including former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, and former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. Subpoenas for call detail records, testimony, or other material from those Trump officials and other individuals involved in the Capitol attack would be putting them at the center of the investigation.

Much of the investigative work by the Select Committee has so far been focused on gathering evidence, as a prosecutor might, to build a case backstopped by empirical data that would safeguard its final report from criticism of partisanship or built-in bias. But now, Committee investigators are showing a new urgency to jolt the investigation into higher gear after the panel held its first hearing before members departed Washington for an extended summer recess. The full select committee – members, counsel, and advisors – met for the first time on Monday for more than five hours in the Capitol. The subpoenas, which are expected to be authorized as early as this week, would place House Select Committee investigators inside the White House and Trump campaign war rooms at the time of the insurrection as the panel prepares to ramp up the pace of its inquiry.

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The scope and subjects of the subpoenas are not yet finalized and discussions about who to include in the first set are still ongoing, although the three Trump officials are presently considered likely targets. Meadows, Scavino, and Parscale were just three members of Trump’s inner circle who played a major part in advancing baseless and disproven lies about a stolen 2020 election that precipitated the “Stop the Steal” rally which descended into the insurrection as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. But the investigators are taking a special interest in the role played by Scavino since he held the additional role of being the director of social media, always Trump’s preferred messaging platform.

Congressman Jamie Raskin, a member of the Select Committee, told reporters after the meeting that new facts about the Capitol attack were surfacing every day and that he expected the panel to ultimately receive all the records and testimony it sought. Raskin added that he was pushing to secure testimony under oath from anyone with relevant information. “We should see it as an honor and a privilege to be able to provide evidence to Congress about this violent insurrection,” he said.

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House Select Committee investigators are expected to present the subpoenas as non-negotiable, and Select Committee member Adam Schiff told reporters that subpoenas were imminent for individuals expected to resist requests for testimony. “In some cases, we’re making requests we think will be complied with,” said Schiff. “In other cases, we’re going straight to subpoenas where we think we’re dealing with recalcitrant witnesses.”

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