Politics|Panel Subpoenas 11 successful Capitol Riot Inquiry, Eyeing Jan. 6 Rally Planners
The 2nd circular of subpoenas issued by the House prime committee investigating the onslaught signaled that it was moving aggressively to spell aft important witnesses.
Sept. 29, 2021, 6:47 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON — The House prime committee investigating the Capitol onslaught issued 11 much subpoenas connected Wednesday, targeting allies of President Donald J. Trump who were progressive successful the readying and organizing of the “Stop the Steal” rally that fueled the mob unit connected Jan. 6.
The sheet sent subpoenas to Amy Kremer, the chairwoman of Women for America First, which helped program the rally adjacent the White House connected Jan. 6; Caroline Wren, a Trump fund-raiser, who is listed arsenic a “V.I.P. advisor” successful a National Park Service licence for the event; Cindy Chafian, different organizer; Hannah Salem Stone, who managed logistics for the rally; and Justin Caporale, a erstwhile apical adjutant to Melania Trump, the erstwhile archetypal lady.
The committee besides sent subpoenas to Katrina Pierson, Mr. Trump’s erstwhile nationalist run spokeswoman; Kylie Jane Kremer, the girl of Amy Kremer, who was progressive with the “March for Trump” autobus tour; Lyndon Brentnall, the proprietor of a Florida-based information institution contracted for the rally; Maggie Mulvaney, a niece of the erstwhile apical Trump adjutant Mick Mulvaney, who is listed connected the licence for the rally; Megan Powers, a erstwhile operations manager for Mr. Trump; and Tim Unes, whose institution was listed arsenic the signifier manager for the gathering.
“You assisted successful organizing the rally held astatine the Ellipse successful Washington, D.C., connected Jan. 6, 2021, successful enactment of then-President Trump and his allegations of predetermination fraud,” Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and the president of the committee, wrote successful letters accompanying the subpoenas. “President Trump spoke astatine the rally soon earlier the onslaught connected the Capitol, urging the assemblage to ‘fight overmuch harder’ and ‘stop the steal.’”
The subpoenas are the 2nd batch that the sheet has issued, aft an archetypal tranche that focused connected immoderate of Mr. Trump’s closest allies who were successful interaction with him earlier and during the deadly attack. The velocity with which the committee is issuing the subpoenas indicates that it is moving aggressively connected its investigation, without pausing to negociate with cardinal witnesses.
Mr. Thompson has said the sheet plans to excavation deeper into the unit run Mr. Trump and his allies carried retired to overturn President Biden’s victory, and to research who encouraged militia and extremist groups to travel to Washington earlier the assault.
The committee past week sought accusation from Mark Meadows, the erstwhile White House main of staff; Dan Scavino Jr., who was a lawman main of staff; Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s erstwhile adviser; and Kash Patel, the erstwhile Pentagon main of staff.
It demanded that the 4 men crook implicit documents by Oct. 7 and taxable to depositions the pursuing week.
“Everyone has a ineligible work to comply with the subpoenas,” Representative Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland and a subordinate of the committee, said this week. “We person each crushed to expect that they volition comply.”
The committee has besides started reaching retired to transgression defendants who person pleaded blameworthy to charges successful transportation with the Capitol attack, though it remains unclear however galore of those 70 person been contacted and however they mightiness yet springiness interviews to investigators.
One of the defendants the committee has sought retired is Scott Fairlamb, a New Jersey gym proprietor who pleaded guilty successful August to assaulting constabulary officers during the attack, according to his lawyer, Harley Breite.
Mr. Breite, who received an email from the committee past week, said helium would beryllium successful Washington connected Thursday to consult with Mr. Fairlamb astir whether helium wanted to talk with investigators.
The latest subpoenas came arsenic the committee demanded elaborate records astir Mr. Trump’s each movement and gathering connected Jan. 6, successful requests to national agencies that suggested that it was focusing connected immoderate engagement helium mightiness person had successful the readying oregon execution of the attack.
The committee besides sent grounds preservation demands past period to 35 exertion companies, according to respective radical acquainted with the documents who spoke astir their contents connected the information of anonymity. About a twelve House Republicans are among hundreds of radical whose records the committee is seeking to preserve, including Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the number leader, who has threatened to retaliate against immoderate institution that complies.
Alan Feuer contributed reporting.