The special committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on Thursday sent subpoenas to four former advisers to former President Trump, including chief of staff Mark Meadows and strategist Steve Bannon.
The letters were also sent to Dan Scavino, Trump’s deputy chief of staff for communications, and Kashyap Patel, the chief of staff to then-acting Secretary of Defense Chrishoper Miller and a former House and White House staffer.
All four have all been asked to appear for a deposition in mid-October.
The committee letters suggest that the four top Trump aides were involved in the effort to overturn the 2020 election and activities related to Jan. 6.
“You have been identified as present at the Willard Hotel on Jan. 5, 2021 during an effort to persuade members of Congress to block the certification of the Election the next day, and in relation to other activities on Jan. 6,” the committee wrote in the letter to Bannon.
“You are also described as communicating with then-President Trump on Dec. 30, 2020, and potentially other occasions, urging him to plan for and focus his efforts on Jan. 6. Moreover you are quoted as saying, on Jan. 5, 2021, that ‘[a]ll hell is going to break loose tomorrow.’”
The series of subpoenas is the most aggressive move yet from a committee that previously sent a series of requests to government agencies seeking Trump-era records and requested a number of documents from major telecommunications and tech companies. The letters also reference subpoenas for a number of documents, but does not disclose what is being requested.
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