January 6 Committee Subpoenas Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, others

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack at the United States Capitol has issued a new round of subpoenas, this time targeting Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, and Sidney Powell.

The committee is also demanding records and testimony from former Trump campaign adviser Boris Epshteyn.

Chairman Bennie Thompson issued the following statement: 

“The Select Committee is looking into the causes that contributed to the violence on January 6th, including attempts to promote unsupported claims of election fraud and pressure campaigns to overturn the 2020 election results. The four individuals we’ve subpoenaed today advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former President about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes. We expect these individuals to join the nearly 400 witnesses who have spoken with the Select Committee as the committee works to get answers for the American people about the violent attack on our democracy.”

The Select Committee issued subpoenas for records and deposition testimony for the following reasons: 

Rudolph Giuliani actively promoted claims of election fraud on behalf of the former President and sought to convince state legislators to take steps to overturn the election results. He was reportedly in contact with then-President Trump and various Members of Congress regarding strategies for delaying or overturning the results of the 2020 election.

Jenna Ellis reportedly prepared and circulated two memos purporting to analyze the constitutional authority for the Vice President to reject or delay counting electoral votes from states that had submitted alternate slates of electors. 

Sidney Powell actively promoted claims of election fraud on behalf of former President Trump in litigation and public appearances. 

Boris Epshteyn reportedly attended meetings at the Willard Hotel in the days leading up to January 6th and had a call with former President Trump on the morning of January 6th to discuss options to delay the certification of election results in the event of Vice President Pence’s unwillingness to deny or delay the certification.

Last week, the committee issued a request to speak to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in hopes that he will provide information to the panel about communications he had with former President Donald Trump on the day of the riot and Trump’s state of mind following the attack.

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