- The House Select Committee probing the January 6 riots issued summons to 11 individuals linked to former President Donald Trump and a pro-Trump group involved in organizing rallies for the rebellion.
- The committee is seeking material and testimony from Katrina Pearson, a spokeswoman for Trump’s 2016 campaign, and Maggie Mulvaney, the niece of former White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
- The new round of summons also targeted individuals affiliated with Women for America First, a pro-Trump black money group, and other organizations that had planned a January 6 rally.
The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 riots at the US Capitol issued summons on Wednesday to 11 individuals linked to former President Donald Trump and a pro-Trump group involved in organizing rallies for the rebellion.
The committee is seeking material and testimony from Katrina Pearson, a spokeswoman for Trump’s 2016 campaign, and Maggie Mulvaney, the niece of former White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
All eleven individuals were identified as having attended a January 6 “Stop the Steel” rally outside the White House, where Trump spoke to his supporters hours before the Capitol attack, According to a press release of the committee.
In addition to Pearson and Mulvaney, the new round of summons targeted individuals affiliated with Women for America First, a pro-Trump black money group, and other organizations that had planned a January 6 rally.
Women for America First also planned a rally on January 5, rallies at Freedom Plaza on November 14 and December 12, 2020, and two “March for Trump” nationwide bus tours. Leaders of the organization, including former Tea Party Express chief political activist Amy Kramer and Kylie Kramer, were among those who served the summons on Wednesday.
According to the press release, the committee used permit paperwork to identify other persons involved in organizing the January 6 rally. Seven other witnesses summoned include:
- Cynthia Chafian, who submitted the first permit application for the rally on behalf of Women for America First.
- Carolyn Wren, who was listed in the permit paperwork as the “VIP consultant” for the rally.
- Justin Caporell of Event Strategies, who was listed as “Project Manager”.
- Tim Unes of Event Strategies, who was listed as “Stage Manager”.
- Megan Powers of mPowers Consulting, who was listed as “Operations Manager for Scheduling and Guidance”.
- Hannah Salem of Salem Strategies, who was listed as “Operations Manager for Operations and Communications”.
- Lyndon Brentnall of RMS Protective Services, who was listed as an “on-site supervisor”.
All witnesses were instructed to hand over documents related to planning, funding and participation in the rallies before the Capitol attack by October 13. He was also ordered to appear for the statement later that month.
“The Select Committee is examining the facts, circumstances and causes of the January 6 attack and issues relating to the peaceful transfer of power, in order to identify and evaluate the lessons learned and to advise the House and its relevant committees on corrective laws, policies and policies.” Recommendations, Rules of Procedure, or Regulations,” Representative Benny Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the committee, wrote in a statement Wednesday.
The nine-member committee last week issued summons to four top Trump loyalists.
Those include former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and one-time White House adviser Steve Bannon, as well as former Defense Department official Kashyap Patel and former White House deputy chief of staff for communications Daniel Scavino.
The summons directs the witnesses to hand over the requested material and be present at the swearing-in by 7 October.
Bannon and Patel’s statements are scheduled for October 14, while Meadows and Scavino have been directed to appear for their own statements on October 15.
Representative Adam Schiff of California, one of the seven Democrats on the committee, said last week that he would be summoned as a first course of action if certain witnesses are seen as counterintuitive or hostile to the panel’s goals. .
Another committee member, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., told CNN on Monday that the committee is ready to involve the Justice Department if four of Trump’s aides refuse to testify.
“We want to give them the benefit of the doubt that they will respond to this summons,” Lofgren said. Interview.
“If they don’t, I think we will be prepared to take all steps available to us, including civil action and criminal action,” she continued.
The select committee of mostly Democratic lawmakers was formed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in May after Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have created an independent and bipartisan commission to investigate the riots. The panel would have been modeled after the one who investigated the 9/11 terror attacks.
Schiff said last week that the investigation into the January 6 uprising was going “extremely fast”.
Last month, the committee sought records from 15 social media companies, including Twitter, Google, Facebook and several pro-Trump platforms.
The requested records, which date back to the spring of 2020, pertain to misinformation and attempts to interfere with the authentication of 2020 election results, the committee said in a press release.
The committee also reached out to 35 private sector firms, including telecommunications giants AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, and directed them to turn over records that may be relevant to the investigation.
The latest round of subpoenas comes as the committee intensifies its efforts to deliver a definitive analysis of the January 6 uprising, in which hundreds of Trump supporters marched on the Capitol to prevent Congress from ratifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. stormed.
Trump pressured then-Vice President Mike Pence and Republican members of Congress to reject election results in key states during a “Stop the Steel” rally.
The former president urged his supporters to march to the Capitol, saying, “If you don’t fight like hell, you’ll have no country anymore.”
The rebellion resulted in several deaths, as well as criminal charges against hundreds of people for their involvement in the attack.