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Jan. 6 panel demands testimony from Stephen Miller, Kayleigh McEnany

Tuesday’s subpoenas are the second significant wave in as many days. The first included key figures from the Trump world, such as former national security adviser Michael Flynn and lawyer John Eastman, both of whom were key in Trump’s quest to overthrow the election.

Prior to this week, the panel subpoenaed former senior Trump officials such as Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, social media adviser Dan Scavino, adviser Steve Bannon and Pentagon official Kash Patel. The committee also attempted to gather testimony from a dozen organizers of pro-Trump rallies that preceded the violent attack on Capitol Hill.

The latest rounds of summons have turned the committee’s focus towards the White House. Miller, one of Trump’s top political advisers, helped the former president draft his remarks at a “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6 and supported Trump’s false allegations of election fraud in the aftermath of his defeat.

The bundle also includes Ben Williamson, a longtime Capitol Hill employee who followed former Representative Meadows to the White House when Trump appointed him chief of staff. Another target, Cassidy Hutchinson, was Meadows’ legislative adviser, who Reuters said had contacted election officials in Georgia to ask how the White House could express its gratitude to officials reviewing the vote.

Additionally, the panel’s new subpoenas target Molly Michael, a Trump aide who sent talking points about voter fraud in Michigan to senior Justice Department officials in December. The committee also lists Meadows’ aide Christopher Liddell, Kenneth Klukowski, a Trump Justice Department official who Senate investigators say appeared to have played a role in pressuring senior DOJ officials to do so. are joining Trump’s efforts to overturn the election.

But McEntee may have the best idea of ​​Trump’s state of mind after his election defeat. McEntee was at the center of Trump’s post-election staff movements and has been described as the architect of the “purges” of employees deemed insufficiently loyal to Trump. He was also present for key conversations related to Trump’s efforts to undo his loss, according to contemporary reports.

The Jan. 6 panel is locked in a legal battle with Trump over access to his White House files related to many of these assistants. The files, hosted by the National Archives, include bulky binders that press secretary McEnany compiled for her briefings, the Archives recently revealed.

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