On Tuesday, the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol issued a new round of subpoenas demanding records and testimony from three individuals, including two advisers to Donald Trump Jr., who the panel says were “communicating” with the former President’s son and Kimberly Guilfoyle regarding the rally at the Ellipse, which immediately preceded the attack, CNN reports.
The Panel also subpoenaed a former White House official who helped draft the speech delivered by former President Donald Trump prior to the attack where he called on his supporters to march to the US Capitol, according to CNN.
The individuals are: Andy Surabian and Arthur Schwartz: Strategists who both served as advisers to Donald Trump, Jr. and were communicating with individuals including Donald Trump, Jr. and Guilfoyle regarding the January 6 Ellipse rally. And Ross Worthington is a former White House official who helped draft the former President’s January 6 speech for the rally at the Ellipse.
Citing House Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), CNN reported that “The Select Committee is seeking information from individuals who were involved with the rally at the Ellipse. Protests on that day escalated into an attack on our democracy. Protestors became rioters who carried out a violent attempt to derail the peaceful transfer of power.”
“We have reason to believe the individuals we’ve subpoenaed today have relevant information and we expect them to join the more than 340 individuals who have spoken with the Select Committee as we push ahead to investigate this attack on our democracy and ensure nothing like this ever happens again,” Thompson added.