The House Jan. 6 committee fired off another round of subpoenas Friday targeting people investigators say were involved in the planning of rallies leading up to the riot on Capitol Hill.
Subpoenas were sent to six individuals, including two the panel said met with former President Donald Trump, seeking documents and testimony. The committee has so far issued 51 subpoenas in total.
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"Some of the witnesses we subpoenaed today apparently worked to stage the rallies on January 5th and 6th," Chairman Bennie Thompson said in a statement. "The Select Committee expects these witnesses to join the hundreds of individuals who have already cooperated with our investigation.”
The individuals subpoenaed include Robert “Bobby” Peede Jr., Max Miller, Brian Jack, Bryan Lewis, Ed Martin, and Kimberly Fletcher.
Evidence shows Peede and Miller met with Trump in the private dining room by the Oval Office on Jan. 4 to discuss the rally that would take place two days later on the Ellipse, according to the committee.
Lewis obtained the permit for the rally to “urge Congress to nullify electoral votes from states that made illegal changes to voting rules during their elections."
Jack was the director of political affairs for the former president on Jan. 6 and "reportedly reached out to several Members of Congress on behalf of the former President to ask them to speak at the Ellipse on January 6th," the panel said. The other two were rally organizers.
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The committee says it has interviewed more than 200 witnesses. Some people who have been subpoenaed have been defiant, with the Justice Department taking Steve Bannon to court over contempt of Congress charges. Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows announced a lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the committee Wednesday after he stopped cooperating with the investigation.
Trump has claimed executive privilege over some documents sought by the panel, although President Joe Biden has repeatedly waived those claims. The former president is engaged in litigation and is poised to take the matter to the Supreme Court after an appeals court loss this week.