House Democrats are pushing forward with their effort to seek punitive measures against those in former President Donald Trump’s inner circle ahead of a riot on Capitol Hill earlier this year.
The select committee investigating the Jan. 6 incident, which is composed of Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans, has issued two new rounds of subpoenas this week targeting one-time close associates of the ex-president.
“As we work to get answers”
As The Hill reported, six subpoenas were issued on Monday and 10 more came the following day.
By that outlet’s count, these were the fifth and sixth rounds of subpoenas issued by the panel — in addition to voluntary interviews with as many as 150 individuals.
Committee Chair Benny Thompson (D-MS) announced the latest development in a statement on Monday.
“In the days before the January 6th attack, the former President’s closest allies and advisors drove a campaign of misinformation about the election and planned ways to stop the count of Electoral College votes,” he wrote. “The Select Committee needs to know every detail about their efforts to overturn the election, including who they were talking to in the White House and in Congress, what connections they had with rallies that escalated into a riot, and who paid for it all.”
Thompson noted that the committee “expects all witnesses to cooperate with our investigation as we work to get answers for the American people, recommend changes to our laws will strengthen our democracy, and help ensure nothing like January 6th ever happens again.”
“Wants to learn every detail”
The six subpoenas issued on Monday included Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien, senior adviser Jason Miller, and executive assistant Angela McCallum.
On Tuesday, the panel issued subpoenas for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, and attorney John Eastman.
All six of those individuals are facing accusations to some extent or another of playing critical roles in setting the stage for Trump’s post-election strategy.
“The Select Committee wants to learn every detail of what went on in the White House on January 6th and in the days beforehand,” Thompson asserted in a follow-up statement on Tuesday. “We need to know precisely what role the former President and his aides played in efforts to stop the counting of the electoral votes and if they were in touch with anyone outside the White House attempting to overturn the outcome of the election.”
A total of at least 10 other individuals in Trump’s orbit were named in Tuesday’s round of subpoenas, most notably several of his top White House aides including former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and senior adviser Stephen Miller.