The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol has subpoenaed another half-dozen of Trump associates, including his top campaign aides and the author of the now-famous memo advising then-Vice President Mike Pence to simply declare Trump the winner of the 2020 election.
Former campaign manager Bill Stepien and former campaign strategist Jason Miller have all been subpoenaed, as has former national security adviser and pardoned felon Michael Flynn, who allegedly advised Trump to declare martial law and force states to rerun their elections despite Trump’s loss.
“In the days before the January 6th attack, the former president’s closest allies and advisors drove a campaign of misinformation about the election and planned ways to stop the count of Electoral College votes,” committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said.
“The select committee needs to know every detail about their efforts to overturn the election, including who they were talking to in the White House and in Congress, what connections they had with rallies that escalated into a riot, and who paid for it all.”
Subpoenas were also issued to Trump campaign staffer Angela McCallum and Bernard Kerik, former New York City police commissioner and another Trump-pardoned felon.
All six have been ordered to hand over relevant documents to the committee by Nov. 23 and to appear for under-oath depositions later this month and into the first two weeks of December.
The committee has already subpoenaed nearly two dozen Trump aides and allies since its formation on January 6. Most are complying, though Trump’s former White House aide Steve Bannon has been held in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer numerous questions.
And former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark has refused to answer numerous questions, claiming an executive privilege that the committee does not recognize.
According to the subpoena, Stepien, who managed Trump’s campaign in its final months, “supervised the conversion of the Trump presidential campaign to an effort focused on ‘Stop the Steal’ messaging and related fundraising.
“The campaign urged states to “delay or deny certification of electoral votes and to send multiple slates of electoral votes to the United States Congress.”
According to her subpoena, McCallum was involved in the effort to persuade Republican state lawmakers to appoint an alternate slate of electors due to “widespread election fraud.”
Eastman, a law professor at Chapman University in Southern California at the time, publicly and privately pushed the idea that during Congress’s certification of the election, the vice president could unilaterally declare some electoral votes invalid and thus award Trump a second term. He addressed the crowd at the Jan. 6 rally, repeating Trump’s claim of election fraud.
Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the Russia investigation but was later pardoned by Trump, publicly and privately advised Trump to seize voting machines in states won by Democrat Joe Biden, declare martial law, and force those states to rerun their elections.
Kerik, who pleaded guilty to tax fraud and other charges but was also pardoned by Trump, participated in the post-election campaign and claim widespread voter fraud. He allegedly helped organize and participate in a Jan. 6 “war room” at the Willard Hotel near the White House in an attempt to coerce Pence into reversing the election on Trump’s behalf.