BREAKING NEWS: House Select Committee on Jan. 6th subpoenas four of Donald Trump’s current and former top aides: Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon, Dan Scavino, and Kash Patel are called to appear
Meadows featured prominently in Trump’s efforts to pressure state official in Georgia and other states where Trump pushed claims of election fraud as part of his election overturn effort.
The House select committee on the Capitol riot has subpoenaed former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Director of Social Media and Assistant to the President Dan Scavino
The subpoenas also went to former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, longtime Trump and White House aide Dan Scavino, and former Pentagon chief of staff Kash Patel.
‘While serving as White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows reportedly communicated with officials at the state level and in the Department of Justice as part of an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election or prevent the election’s certification,’ according to a committee release.
It also cited press reports of organizers of the Jan. 6 ‘Stop the Steal’ rally which preceded the riot.
The committee has already sent out sweeping document requests to the National Archives as well as other government agencies seeking information on a host of former officials.
The letter to Bannon identifies him as having been present at the Willard Hotel on Jan. 5th, 2021.
‘You are also described as communicating with then-President Trump on Dec. 30, 2020, and potentially other occasions, urging him to pan for and focus his efforts on Jan. 6.’ it says.
The committee notes that Scavino, Trump’s former golf caddy who rose to become a close aide who managed Trump’s Twitter account, was with Trump during key moments.
‘Reporting indicates that former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Daniel Scavino was with the former President on January 5th during a discussion of how to convince Members of Congress not to certify the election for Joe Biden,’ according to the committee. ‘Prior to the January 6th March for Trump, Mr. Scavino promoted the event on Twitter, encouraging people to “be a part of history.”‘
The inclusion of Patel indicates the panel’s interest in lines of inquiry about a host of high level staff changes in the final months and weeks of the Trump administration.
It cites reports that Trump ‘attempted to install Mr. Patel as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in early December, but that planned appointment was abandoned after then-CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign.
Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper days after the election, then installed Chris Miller as acting Pentagon chief, only to bring on Patel, a Trump loyalist, as chief of staff.
According to an Axios report in January, Haspel balked at having Patel brought on the CIA, and the effort was halted only after interventions by Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone.
The subpoenas call on the four men to sit for depositions October 14 and October 15.
The Meadows letter says it appears he was within the ‘vicinity’ of Trump on Jan. 6, and had communications with Trump and others ‘regarding the events at the Capitol’ and ‘are a witness concerning events that day.’