The House committee investigating Jan 6 is taking it up a notch.
A day after issuing subpoenas to six Trump World figures believed to be involved in the former president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, the committee on Tuesday issued 10 more subpoenas to key administration officials. Among those called to provide documents and testimony are former Trump adviser Stephen Miller, former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, and former White House personnel director John McEntee.
“The Select Committee wants to learn every detail of what went on in the White House on January 6th and in the days beforehand,” Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a statement. “We need to know precisely what role the former President and his aides played in efforts to stop the counting of the electoral votes and if they were in touch with anyone outside the White House attempting to overturn the outcome of the election. We believe the witnesses subpoenaed today have relevant information and we expect them to comply fully with the Select Committee’s investigation as we work to get answers for the American people, make recommendations on changes to the law to protect our democracy, and help ensure that nothing like January 6th ever happens again.”
Here’s a rundown of everyone who was slapped with a subpoena on Tuesday:
- Stephen Miller: Trump’s former senior adviser is best known as the man behind the administration’s immigration policy, but he’s also been pushing disinformation about voter fraud in the 2020 election.
- Kayleigh McEnany: Trump’s last White House press secretary repeatedly claimed the 2020 election was rife with fraud. The committee also points out that she was reportedly with President Trump as he watched the attack on the Capitol.
- John McEntee: Trump’s personnel director was reportedly present for high-level discussions about how to overturn the election results, and was reportedly with Trump on Jan. 6. McEntee is also the subject of an excerpt from Jonathan Karl’s new book about the final days of the Trump administration published by The Atlantic on Tuesday. The excerpt describes how Trump in 2020 tapped the then-29-year-old McEntee — who had previously been the president’s bag handler — to rid the government of figures deemed to be disloyal to the president. “McEntee and his enforcers made the disastrous last weeks of the Trump presidency possible,” Karl writes. “They backed the president’s manic drive to overturn the election, and helped set the stage for the January 6 assault on the Capitol.” A senior Cabinet official described McEntee as a “fucking idiot.”
- Nicholas Luna: Trump’s former personal assistant was reportedly in the Oval Office on Jan. 6 when Trump called Vice President Pence to persuade him not to certify the election results.
- Molly Michael: Trump’s Oval Office supervisor sent information about alleged election fraud to individuals at the direction of Trump, according to the committee.
- Keith Kellogg: Pence’s national security adviser was a key figure surrounding Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, reportedly. He met with the president before the rally at the Ellipse. He was in the Oval Office with him when he watched the attack on the Capitol. He suggested the president send a tweet to help tamp down the violence. Kellogg was also reportedly involved in at least one meeting in which Trump suggest Pence not certify the election results.
- Benjamin Williamson: An assistant to Trump and adviser to former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Williamson was reportedly contacted by an official who (unsuccessfully) urged him and Meadows to issue a statement condemning the violence of the attack.
- Christopher Liddell: Trump’s former deputy chief of staff was in the White House on Jan. 6 and reportedly had to be convinced to not resign over the attack on the Capitol.
- Cassidy Hutchinson: A legislative assistant to the president, Hutchinson was reportedly with Trump when he spoke at the rally at the Ellipse.
- Kenneth Klukowski: A former assistant to Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, who himself was subpoenaed by the committee last month. The committee notes that Klukowski was involved in drafting letters meant to convince state legislature not to certify the election results.
It’s unclear whether those subpoenaed on Tuesday will cooperate with the committee, but it’s likely at least some of them won’t. Jeffrey Clark, to whom Klukowski served as an assistant, responded to his own subpoena by refusing to answer the committee’s questions last week, citing executive privilege. Steve Bannon, who was also subpoenaed last month, didn’t even make it that far, refusing to appear before the committee at all. The committee responded by voting to refer Bannon for criminal contempt, after which the House of Representatives voted to approve the measure. The Justice Department on Friday charged Bannon with two counts of contempt of Congress. The following Monday, he turned himself in to federal authorities.
This post has been updated.