Capitol riot committee to investigate Trump allies

Capitol riot committee to investigate Trump allies
Steve Bannon is accused of fraud over a fundraising campaign. He denies any wrongdoing. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: The Capitol riot investigating committee has issued its first subpoenas of former President Trump’s allies – including Steve Bannon and Mark Meadows.

The Democratic-led committee has called them to testify in mid-October and demanded documents.

A letter written by the committee’s chairman suggests Bannon and Meadows were involved in efforts to overturn the 2020 election that led to the deadly unrest.

Lawmakers are after information on Donald Trump’s actions leading up to the riot.

The Capitol riot committee’s first 4 subpoenas were issued to Mr Bannon, Mr Trump’s former advisor; Mr Meadows, former White House chief of staff; Kashyap Patel, a former Pentagon chief of staff; and Dan Scavino, the former deputy chief of staff.

On Thursday, the investigating committee said in a letter: “The committee is investigating the facts, circumstances, and causes of the January 6th attack and issues relating to the peaceful transfer of power.”

The former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon will be asked about his communication with the former president Trump in late December and involvement in discussing plans to overturn the election result, the committee said.

The committee will ask Mr Meadows about his communication with the organisers of the pro-Trump supporters’ rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol.

Mr Scavino allegedly told members of the House of Representative not to certify the election for Joe Biden, and Mr Patel was involved in discussions about security at the US Capitol building as the riot unfolded.

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