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Jan. 6 committee subpoenas former Justice Department lawyer for subjugation

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas former Justice Department lawyer for subjugation

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol issued a subpoena Wednesday to ten-year-old prosecutors who identified themselves as an ally of President Donald Trump and supported his efforts to challenge the presidential elections outcome.

The committee on Wednesday said it has demanded documents and evidence from Jeffrey Clark, a former assistant attorney general who listened to the presidents baseless claims that the election results were fraudulent. Clark fought with superiors during the turbulent final weeks of the Trump administration, including during a dramatic White House meeting.

The subpoena comes one week after the release of a Senate Judiciary Committee report that documented extraordinary tensions within the Justice Department's top ranks in December and January, as Trump and allies pressured the law enforcement agency to assist in efforts to reverse the election victory of Republican Joe Biden.

Trumps attorney general William Barr had said that the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud that might have overturned the results. Unsubstantiated claims of fraud have been repeatedly rejected by judge after judge, including by Trump appointees and election officials throughout the country.

Meanwhile, at least three of the officials involved in organizing and running the rally that preceded the Capitol storm are handing over documents in response to subpoenas.

The committee's investigation into the Capitol insurrection, which saw the most severe breach since the War of 1812, gave the 11 organizers and staffers a Wednesday deadline to turn over documents and records as part of submitting their responses to the committee on Wednesday. The organizers have been invited to appear at separate depositions scheduled for later this month, according to the committee.

Other subpoenas have also been served to top White House officials and Trump advisers, including former White house chief of staff Mark Meadows and adviser Steve Bannon, who has so far refused to cooperate, putting him at risk of being charged with contempt.

Lyndon Brentnall, whose firm was hired to provide event security that day, was among those responding to the Wednesday deadline. All documents and communications requested by the subpoena were handed in, he told The Associated Press.

Megan Powers and Hannah Salem, two long-time Trump campaign and White House staffers, who were listed on the Jan 6. rally permit as "operations manager for scheduling and guidance" and "oprations supervisor for logistics and communications," have also provided documents or are contemplating doing so.

According to a person familiar with her reply who spoke on condition of anonymity, Powers intends to provide the committee with the requested documents and meet with them though it is unclear what form such meetings will take.

Brentnall had previously stated that his firm had every intention" of complying with the select committee. As far as were concerned, we provided security at a legally permitted event run in collaboration with the United States Secret Service and the Park Police, he added.

The committee has stated that the subpoenas are part of its effort to obtain information on the Jan. 6 rally and other events planned to support Trump's baseless claims of election fraud in the weeks between his November election defeat and the January attack.

A committee spokesperson declined to comment Wednesday on the responses it had received and how many of the 11 were complied with.

It remains unclear whether the other individuals who were subpoenaed intend to cooperate.

Amy Kremer, the founder and chair of Women for America First, a pro-Trump organization that was the lead organizer of the event; Cynthia Chafian, an organizer who submitted the first permit for the rally; and Caroline Wren, another veteran GOP fundraiser who was listed on permit paperwork for Jan. 6 as 'a VIP Advisor'

Maggie Mulvaney, a niece of former top Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvasney who worked as director of finance operations for the Trump campaign and is now . ; former Trump election official Katrina Pierson, who the committee says was reportedly involved in the organization of the rally on Jan. 6 and he was also spotted on the day before; and Justin Caporale and Tim Unes of Event Strategies Inc., both of whom were listed on January 6 permit paperwork as the rallies project manager and

None of the organizations have responded to multiple requests for comment.

Two additional organizers, Ali Alexander and Nathan Martin, as well as their Stop the Steal organization, were also subpoenaed for documents, which are due on Oct. 21.

Alexander wrote in a Telegram post Monday that the committee was subpoenaing people in bad faith.

So this Select Committee is probably bogus?" he asked. "Everyone is waiting to see what Ill do."

The committee has said two top Trump officials Meadows and Kashyap Patel, a former Defense Department official, are engaging with the committee, although it is unclear what that entails. It is unclear whether Dan Scavino, Trump's longtime social media director and one of his most loyal aides, will cooperate.

Members of the committee have said they are prepared to fight for the testimony and will utilize the courts to do so if necessary.

Many of the rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, trying to stop the certification of President Joe Biden's victory, marched up the National Mall after attending at least part of Trump'' rally, where he had repeated his baseless allegations of election fraud and implored the crowd to "fight like hell."

The results of the election were confirmed by state officials and upheld by the courts.

At least nine people died during and after the attack, including a Trump supporter who was shot and killed by police as she attempted to break into the House chamber.


Colvin reported from New York, and Smith from Providence, Rhode Island.

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