House Democrats announced their latest move in an ongoing investigation into the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
According to the Daily Caller, the committee behind the probe into that incident has just issued subpoenas for four individuals with close ties to former President Donald Trump.
Defending their subpoenas
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former adviser Steve Bannon, former deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, and former chief of staff for the acting defense secretary Kashyap Patel have each been called to answer questions in the House.
As for the reason legislators chose these four men, a press release asserted that each of them had been “working in or had communications with the White House on or in the days leading up to the January 6th insurrection.”
Meadows, Bannon, and Scavino are further implicated in the press release because they supported Trump’s claims that he lost November’s presidential election because of voter fraud. Patel is involved because he is believed to have been involved in the Pentagon’s response to the unrest in D.C.
Committee members want all four of the subpoenaed individuals to provide materials, appear for depositions, or both, at some point in the upcoming weeks. Failure to comply, the panel warned, could result in a criminal contempt charge.
Although the highly partisan committee consists of some Republicans, they have generally been vocal opponents to Trump and his claims of voter fraud.
“A conspiracy to commit a coup”
One committee member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), appeared on MSNBC to discuss the direction in which the probe is heading, calling it an investigation into “a conspiracy to commit a coup.”
The panel previously ordered the preservation of cellphone records related to 11 Republicans who participated in the Trump rally that preceded the Jan. 6 riot.
Additional subpoenas are expected to come out of the committee, potentially including members of Trump’s family.
For their part, most Republicans argue that the probe is little more than a political stunt designed to dominate the political debate ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
Deriding the panel as the “Unselect Committee,” Trump reacted to the latest news by declaring: “We will fight the Subpoenas on Executive Privilege and other grounds, for the good of our Country.”