Trump allies Bannon, Meadows subpoenaed in Capitol riot probe

Trump allies Bannon, Meadows subpoenaed in Capitol riot probe

The United States House of Representatives Select Committee investigating the deadly January 6 riot at the Capitol has subpoenaed four former members of Donald Trump’s administration, including Mark Meadows and Steve Bannon, the panel’s chairman has announced.Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino and former Defense Department official Kash Patel were also subpoenaed and instructed to produce materials and appear for depositions, committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said in a statement. Meadows, a former congressman, served as Trump’s White House chief of staff. Bannon was a White House adviser to Trump.A representative for Meadows said he declined to comment. Bannon and Scavino could not be reached for comments immediately.Patel said in a statement he was “disappointed, but not surprised” the committee issued a subpoena before seeking his voluntary cooperation.A mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6 as Congress was meeting to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory. The unrest delayed the process for several hours as then-Vice President Mike Pence, members of Congress, staff and journalists fled from rioters. Nearly 600 people have been arrested on charges tied to the attack. It was the worst violence at the seat of the US government since the British invasion during the War of 1812.Thompson said Meadows reportedly communicated with state and federal officials as part of an effort to overturn the 2020 election or prevent Biden’s certification. Meadows was also reportedly in communication with organisers of the January 6 rally, 

Thompson said.‘All hell is going to break loose’In a letter to Bannon, Thompson noted that he had been involved with multiple conversations about persuading members of Congress to block certification of Trump’s election defeat.“You are quoted as stating, on January 5, 2021, that ‘all hell is going

 to break loose tomorrow,'” Thompson wrote.“Accordingly, the select committee seeks both documents and your deposition testimony.”

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