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US January 6 select committee issues 11 subpoenas

The US House of Representatives select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack has issued 11 subpoenas to organisers of the pro-Trump rally outside the White House.

The rally whose aim was to stop the validation of Joe Biden’s election victory ten weeks earlier, turned into a march on the nation’s  Capitol.

The committee, which recently subpoenaed Trump’s  closest aides and advisers

 for records and depositions by mid-October, is seeking documents and testimony as part of its investigation into the insurrection at the Capitol and Trump’s actions before, during and after the riot, along with Trump’s broader campaign to challenge the election results from inside and outside the federal government.

Trump himself addressed the “save America” rally, which was held just south of the White House on the National Mall.

Thousands of people traveled to DC for the event, with many going on to assault police officers and forcibly enter the US Capitol, temporarily disrupting the electoral count.

Conservative activist Amy Kremer, who founded “Women for America First,” the group that put together the rally supporting Trump on the day of the electoral vote count, was singled out by the panel in their second tranche of subpoenas, along with her daughter, Kylie.

Caroline Wren and Maggie Mulvaney, who were listed on the event permits with the National Park Service, were also subpoenaed, the committee said. Mulvaney is the niece of former Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and worked on Trump’s presidential campaign.

“The Select Committee is investigating the facts, circumstances, and causes of the January 6th attack and issues relating to the peaceful transfer of power,

in order to identify and evaluate lessons learned and to recommend to the House and its relevant committees corrective laws, policies, procedures rules, or regulations,” Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson wrote in the letter to each subpoena recipient.

“The inquiry includes examination of how various individuals

and entities coordinated their activities leading up to the events of January 6, 2021,” Thomson wrote.

Other subpoena recipients include: Hannah Salem, a GOP operative who was listed on the paperwork and previously served as a senior Trump White House press aide; Katrina Pierson, a former Trump campaign adviser and Tea Party activist who served as a campaign spokesperson in 2016 and spoke at the January 6 rally; Cynthia Chafian, who submitted the first permit application for the event; Justin Caporale; Tim Unes; Megan Powers and Lyndon Brentnall.

The committee said on Wednesday that it had notified the recipients of the subpoenas within the past 24 hours.

ABC news