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October 17, 2021

Jan. 6 committee issues subpoena for former DOJ official, Trump ally

The House Select committee investigating Jan. 6 subpoenaed ex-Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark who promised to pursue former President Trump’s election fraud claims.

“The Select Committee needs to understand all the details about efforts inside the previous administration to delay the certification of the 2020 election and amplify misinformation about the election results,” said Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS). “We need to understand Mr. Clark’s role in these efforts at the Justice Department and learn who was involved across the administration.”

Clark was a prominent figure in a recent Senate report detailing Trump’s attempts to pressure the DOJ to help him overturn the 2020 election results.

Clark has an Oct. 29 deadline to produce records and testify.

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Jan. 6 panel issues subpoena for Trump ally, ex-DOJ official Jeffrey Clark

October 11, 2021

Biden defies Trump, orders release of records to Jan. 6 committee

The Biden administration ordered the release of a stash of Trump-era documents to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, setting up a showdown with former President Trump.

“As a part of this process, the president has determined an assertion of executive privilege is not warranted for the first set of documents from the Trump White House that have been provided to us by the National Archives,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

“This is just the first set of documents, and we will evaluate claims of privilege on a case by case basis,” she said. “But the president has also been clear he believes it to be of the utmost importance for both Congress and the American people to have a complete understanding of the events of that day to prevent them from happening again.”

The decision could result in another kerfuffle with Trump, who has already threatened litigation to block subpoenas of his former aides.

“Congress is examining an assault on our Constitution and democratic institutions provoked and fanned by those sworn to protect them,” White House counsel Dana Remus wrote in a letter to the National Archives. “And the conduct under investigation extends far beyond typical deliberations concerning the proper discharge of the President’s constitutional responsibilities.”

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White House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee

October 9, 2021

House Jan. 6 panel subpoenas ‘Stop the Steal’ allies

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot issued subpoenas to organizers of the “Stop the Steal” rally and former President Trump’s allies.

Included in the new round of subpoenas were right-wing activist Ali Alexander and councilman Nathan Martin, who bore a connection to the rally’s planning.

Alexander said in a now-deleted video that he worked with GOP congress members Paul Gosar, Mo Brooks, and Andy Biggs to interfere with the election’s certification.

“We four schemed up to put maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting,” Alexander said in the video.

“Accordingly, the select committee seeks documents and a deposition regarding these and other matters that are within the scope of the select committee’s inquiry,” the subpoenas read.

Stop the Steal LLC also received a subpoena demanding relevant records and a closed-door deposition.

The new round of summons comes a day after reports that several Trump allies would defy subpoena orders under his instruction. Those said to be resisting the orders are former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, Steve Bannon, and Defense Department aide Kash Patel.

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House Capitol attack panel subpoenas key planners of ‘Stop the Steal’ rally

October 7, 2021

House panel investigating Jan. 6 can’t find Trump aide to serve him subpoena

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot cannot locate an aide to former President Trump to physically serve him a subpoena.

Dan Scavino, former White House deputy chief of staff for communications, has eluded the committee since they sent a subpoena last month. The House believes Scavino may have information on Trump’s activities the day before the “Stop the Steal” rally and subsequent riot.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of two GOP members on the panel, weighed in on possible options should someone refuse to comply with a subpoena.

“I mean, there is civil, there is criminal referrals that can happen if they refuse, refusing a subpoena from congress is a crime. We aren’t out to try to hang this around anybody’s neck. We want answers,” Kinzinger said. “The problem is when you start seeing people resist, and people obfuscate, you have to look at that and go, why are they doing that if they have nothing to hide?”

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House committee investigating January 6 can’t find Trump aide to serve subpoena

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