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Former Trump aide Stephen Miller set to speak at panel 1/6

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Miller, who served as a top aide to President Donald Trump, will appear before the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 uprising on Thursday, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Miller was a senior policy adviser under the Trump administration and a central figure in many of the Republican’s policy decisions. He had resisted previous efforts by the committee, filing a lawsuit last month seeking to overturn a committee subpoena for his phone records.

People familiar with the matter spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private testimony. It’s unclear if Miller will appear in person or virtually. A committee spokesperson said the panel had no comment, and Miller did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Miller’s planned testimony before the committee comes weeks after Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, also agreed to sit down with congressional investigators, months after the committee made contact.

The nine-member panel subpoenaed the former Trump adviser in November along with Steve Bannon and former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the panel’s chairman, said in a statement at the time that Miller had “participated in efforts to spread false information about alleged voter fraud” and to encourage state legislatures to alter the result of the 2020 Presidential Election by appointing alternate voters.

Thompson also said Miller helped prepare Trump’s remarks for a rally on the Ellipse that preceded the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, uprising and was with Trump when he spoke.

The House voted last week to scorn former Trump aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino for their month-long refusal to comply with subpoenas. The move was the third time the panel has referred people in the former president’s orbit to the Justice Department for possible contempt charges. The first two references, sent late last year, were to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Bannon.

Bannon’s contempt charge resulted in an impeachment, with a trial set to begin in July. The Justice Department was slower to decide whether to prosecute Meadows, much to the committee’s frustration.

By agreeing to testify, Miller seeks to avoid the fate of other former advisers and members of the Trump administration. The central facts of the January 6 insurrection are known, but what the committee hopes to do is fill in the remaining gaps regarding the attack on the Capitol. Lawmakers say they are committed to a full account to ensure this never happens again.

The panel examines all aspects of the riot, including what Trump was doing while it unfolded and any connection between the White House and Trump supporters who broke into the Capitol building.

Associated Press writer Nomaan Merchant in Washington contributed to this report.




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