On January 6, 2021, protesters for President Donald Trump broke into the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
Thursday's subpoenas were issued by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 storming at the Capitol. They relate to a proTrump rally that preceded this deadly invasion.
According to the committee, it issued subpoenas to Nathan Martin and Ali Alexander for their testimony and records. They were allegedly involved in the permit applications for a rally outside of the Capitol.
The mob entered the building shortly before Trump gave a speech outside the White House in which he encouraged supporters to march to Washington. He also demanded that Republicans reject key election results from states.
The committee requested records from Stop the Steal LLC as well, which was associated with the Capitol rally. It bears the same name and slogan that was used for promotion.
In a press release, Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) stated that the Capitol rally, which was similar to the one near the White House on January 6th, preceded the violent attack against the seat of democracy.
"Over the course that day, protestors turned violent and became rioters. The Select Committee must understand every detail about the events leading up to the attack, including who planned and funded them. Thompson stated that we expect these witnesses will cooperate fully with our probe.
The news of the latest subpoenas by the select committee comes a week after the panel had announced subpoenas to 11 people related to Trump including Katrina Pierson, his former campaign spokeswoman, and Mick Mulvaney, the niece of Trump’s ex-acting White House chief staff officer.
Two weeks prior, the committee issued subpoenas to four Trump associates: ex-advisor Steve Bannon; ex-chief of staff Mark Meadows; former communications aide Dan Scavino; and exDefense Department official Kashyap Pale.
Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a panel member, stated last month that the select commission would "straight to submitpoena," for witnesses seen as hostile to the purposes of the investigation.
Politico reported Thursday that Trump is ordering Meadows, Scavino, and Patel to ignore the subpoenas.
When asked about the report, Trump spokeswoman shared a statement by the former president promising that "executive privilege" would be protected.
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