At least three of the officials involved in organizing and running the January 6th rally that preceded the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol are handing over documents in response to subpoenas from the House committee investigating the attack. The 11 organizers and staffers were given a Wednesday deadline to turn over documents and records as part of the Committee’s investigation into the deadly insurrection. The organizers have also been asked to appear at separate depositions the committee has scheduled beginning later this month.
Other subpoenas have also been served to top White House officials and Trump advisers, including former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and adviser Steve Bannon, who has thus far refused to cooperate, putting him at risk of being charged with contempt.
The Committee has said the subpoenas are part of its effort to collect information “on the planning, organization, and funding” of the January 6th rally as well as other events planned to support Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud in the weeks between his November election defeat and the January attack.
It remains unclear whether the others who were subpoenaed intend to cooperate. They include Amy Kremer, the founder and chair of Women for America First, a pro-Trump group that was the lead organizer of the event, and her daughter, Kylie Jane Kremer; Cynthia Chafian, an organizer who submitted the first permit for the rally; and Caroline Wren, a veteran GOP fundraiser who was listed on permit paperwork for the Jan. 6 rally as a “VIP Advisor.”
Hold up – the organization was *directly* with Trump via communications with the man himself?
They're screwed. pic.twitter.com/yJeRr4exmG
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) September 29, 2021
Among those who did respond to Wednesday’s deadline is Lyndon Brentnall, whose firm was hired to provide event security that day. “All the documents and communications requested by the subpoena were handed in,” he told The Associated Press.
You’ll notice that the Bannon subpoena demands records by October 7 AND testimony October 14. These are not two separate subpoenas. Therefore, DoJ would have indicted Bannon prior to the completion of a criminal act. 4/ pic.twitter.com/PoGY2TT4Eg
— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) October 13, 2021
Two longtime Trump campaign and White House staffers, Megan Powers and Hannah Salem, who were listed on the January 6th rally permit as “operations manager for scheduling and guidance” and “operations manager for logistics and communications,” have also provided documents or are planning to do so. Powers, who also served as the Trump reelection campaign’s director of operations, intends to provide the Committee with the requested documentation and to meet with them, though it remains unclear what form such meetings will take.
—Called Trump on Jan 6th & told him to call off his mob, Trump refused
—Covers for the insurrectionists
—Has threatened companies that he will retaliate against them if they comply w/ subpoenas for @GOP members’ phone records#SubpoenaMcCarthypic.twitter.com/MKiD76309Y
— Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈 (@AmoneyResists) October 13, 2021
Also on the list are Maggie Mulvaney, a niece of former top Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who worked as director of finance operations for the Trump campaign and is now a congressional staffer; former Trump campaign official Katrina Pierson, who the committee says was “reportedly involved in the organization” of the rally on January 6th and a smaller one the day before; and Justin Caporale and Tim Unes of Event Strategies Inc., who were all listed on January 6th permit paperwork as the rally’s project manager and stage manager, per the Committee.
💥 January 6th "March For Trump" rally permit by
Women for America First – Amy and Kylie Kremer (subpoenaed)
Some speakers they booked for Jan 6th: Donald Trump, Reps Mo Brooks and Madison Cawthorn, TX AG Ken Paxton, Don Jr, Eric, Kimberly, Lara, Roger Stone, and John Eastman. https://t.co/Tn1Lx1Rvlb pic.twitter.com/KxfhHJcZUl
— anita 🍀 (@meidas_anita) September 30, 2021
One member of the Select Committee has already given some hints as to how anyone choosing to defy a Congressional subpoena might be rounded up and arrested if they continued to defy congressional subpoenas in the January 6 investigation. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where she called for fines or jail time for former Trump advisers who flout orders for their testimony and documents related to the insurrection, and she revealed what questions the committee had for former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and others served with the subpoenas. Rep. Murphy also made it clear how the committee plans to enforce their subpoenas, which could include sending U.S. Marshals to arrest them for defying the order to appear.
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) appeared on Morning Joe, where she called for fines or jail time for any flouting Jan 6 subpoenas for testimony/documents. "We engaged with law enforcement offices including U.S. Marshals – and will use agencies and tools at our disposal to enforce."
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) October 13, 2021
Watch Rep. Murphy with the “Morning Joe” panel, below.