Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Trump aides, allies to testify

A congressional committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol issued subpoenas on Thursday to some of former President Donald Trump’s closest advisers.

The committee subpoenaed former White House strategist Steve Bannon, former White House chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former social media director Dan Scavino and the former chief of staff to Trump’s Defense secretary, Kashyap Patel.

The committee demanded the former Trump aides and allies give their sworn deposition to the committee on Oct. 14 and 15, according to letters released by the panel. It is also asking for documents, to be submitted by Oct. 7, related to communications involving the president on Jan. 6 and the days before the pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building.

In the letters, the committee said Meadows and Scavino have significant information regarding the president’s actions on Jan. 6. Patel, the panel said, has information regarding the security planning among Department of Defense officials and the agency’s coordination with the White House. The panel said Bannon, who left the White House in 2017, was in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 5 allegedly trying to persuade unnamed lawmakers to block the election certification and in communication with the president through the presidential election.

A representative for Meadows declined to comment. Representatives for the other three men did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The panel noted that reporting indicates that Scavino was with Trump on Jan. 5 during a discussion on how to convince lawmakers not to certify the election for Joe Biden. Prior to the Trump rally on the day of the attack, Scavino also promoted the event on Twitter, encouraging attendees to “be a part of history.” Meadows, the panel said, reportedly communicated with officials at the state level and in the Department of Justice “as part of an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election or prevent the election’s certification,” the panel said.

The panel was formed by the House in late June with virtually no Republican support. Reps. Adam Kinzinger, of Illinois, and Liz Cheney, of Wyoming, who was ousted as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference after she spoke out against Trump were the only Republicans to vote in favor of the committee and both have been added to the panel.

Hallie Jackson contributed.

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