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The Democratic-led Committee of Inquiry, which is investigating the attack on the US capital on January 6, has issued a new round of subpoenas, this time to Rudy Giuliani and other lawyers closely linked to former President Donald Trump’s false election allegations.
Giuliani served as a personal advocate for Trump and was a key figure in a wave of disinformation spread after President Biden was elected.
In total, the panel issued four subpoenas, including to Sidney Powell, a controversial lawyer who pushed for conspiracy theories linked to Trump’s latest campaign; Jenna Ellis, another member of Trump’s legal team who made false claims that Biden lost, and Boris Epshteyn, a lawyer who was a Trump 2020 campaign adviser.
“The four people we have convened today put forward unsupported theories of electoral fraud, pushed for efforts to overthrow the election results or were in direct contact with the former president about trying to stop the counting of electoral votes,” said President Bennie Thompson, D – Miss., Said in a statement. “We expect these individuals to join the nearly 400 witnesses who have spoken to the select committee while the committee works to get answers to the American people about the violent attack on our democracy.”
The committee asks the new summoned witnesses to submit documents no later than 1 February and testify no later than 8 February.
The panel said these four participated in attempts to disrupt or delay the certification of election results. For example, committee investigators said Giuliani told Trump at a December 2020 meeting to seize voting machines after learning that the Department of Homeland Security had no legal authority to do so.
Powell led a series of failed lawsuits challenging election results in some states, while Ellis drafted two notes claiming to detail the authority of then-Vice President Mike Pence to deny or delay the receipt of certain state election results.
Panelists told Epshteyn they want to ask him about meetings he attended at the Willard Hotel before the January 6 siege. They also raised a call that Epshteyn had with Trump the morning of the attack, which covered opportunities to delay certification without Pence’s cooperation.
The new witnesses are joining a growing list of people facing demands to testify or have already shared information with the committee. Already, the committee has issued more than 60 subpoenas, interviewed about 400 witnesses and obtained more than 50,000 pages of documents.
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