Rudy Giuliani, Three Other Trump Allies Subpoenaed in January 6 Riot Probe

18January 2022

The select House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on Tuesday issued subpoenas to Rudy Giuliani, another former lawyer for ex-President Donald Trump, and two other allies. The committee said that the new subpoenas were aimed at “four individuals who publicly promoted unsupported claims about the 2020 election and participated in attempts to disrupt or delay the certification of election results.” Giuliani had led efforts for Trump after that election to challenge results in individual states that showed President Joe Biden had won. The panel also issued a subpoena to the attorney Jenna Ellis, who assisted the former New York City mayor Giuliani in that fight. Sidney Powell, another controversial pro-Trump lawyer, and Boris Epshteyn, an ally of the former president, were the other two subpoena targets.The select House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on Tuesday issued subpoenas to Rudy Giuliani, another former lawyer for ex-President Donald Trump, and two other allies.

The subpoenas add to a raft of demands for interviews and evidence that the House panel has already issued to people in Trump’s orbit, a number of whom have resisted cooperating.

The committee said that the new subpoenas were aimed at “four individuals who publicly promoted unsupported claims about the 2020 election and participated in attempts to disrupt or delay the certification of election results.”

The Jan. 6, 2021, invasion of the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters was the culmination of his claim that he had actually won the election.

Giuliani had led efforts for Trump after election to challenge results in individual states that showed President Joe Biden had won.

The panel also issued a subpoena to the attorney Jenna Ellis, who assisted the former New York City mayor Giuliani in that fight.

Ellis “reportedly prepared and circulated two memos purporting to analyze the constitutional authority for the Vice President [Mike Pence] to reject or delay counting electoral votes from states that had submitted alternate slates of electors,” the committee said in a press release.

Sidney Powell, another controversial pro-Trump lawyer who had promoted unfounded conspiracy theories about the election, and Boris Epshteyn, an ally of the former president, were the other two subpoena targets Tuesday.

Powell “actively promoted claims of election fraud on behalf of former President Trump in litigation and public appearances,” the committee said.

And Epshteyn “reportedly attended meetings at the Willard Hotel in the days leading up to January 6th and had a call with former President Trump on the morning of January 6th to discuss options to delay the certification of election results in the event of Vice President Pence’s unwillingness to deny or delay the certification.”

Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, said, “The four individuals we’ve subpoenaed today advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former President about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes.”

“We expect these individuals to join the nearly 400 witnesses who have spoken with the Select Committee as the committee works to get answers for the American people about the violent attack on our democracy,” Thompson said.

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