WASHINGTON (Fwrd Axis) — The House investigating the attack on the United States Capitol has sent subpoenas to several Trump campaign aides who supported then-President Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election.
A total of six individuals were sent subpoenas: Jason Miller, a senior campaign adviser; Bill Stepien, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager; Angela McCallum, a former campaign aide; John Eastman, one of Trump’s lawyers, Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn; and Bernard Kerik, an adviser who the committee said used Washington, D.C. hotels to serve as “command centers”.
“In the days before the January 6th attack, the former President’s closest allies and advisors drove a campaign of misinformation about the election and planned ways to stop the count of Electoral College votes,” Congressman Bennie Thompson, the committee’s chair, said in a statement. “The Select Committee needs to know every detail about their efforts to overturn the election, including who they were talking to in the White House and in Congress, what connections they had with rallies that escalated into a riot, and who paid for it all.”
The committee has already sent subpoenas to several former Trump aides and allies who played a part in planning the January 6 rally. Trump has instructed his former aides to not comply with the committee’s requests.
Trump has also sought to keep several records private from the committee, citing executive privilege. He has also attempted to block Congress from obtaining years of his tax returns. The Biden administration has repeatedly denied requests from Trump’s team to claim executive privilege.
The committee says there is a voicemail of McCallum where she is speaking to an unknown state representative from Michigan, asking if the Trump campaign can “count on” the representative to appoint alternate electors.
Following Trump’s election loss, Miller also coordinated with Trump and Rudy Giuliani, the president’s former lawyer, to discuss a strategy to help overturn the election results. One of those discussions included trying to sway then-Vice President Mike Pence to not certify the Electoral College count, according to the panel.
Flynn was also reportedly involved in discussions with the campaign and the administration — suggesting an attempt to seize voting machines and declaring a national emergency.