House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s January 6th committee is asking for documents from nearly a dozen former Trump associates for their inquiry into what caused the Capitol riot.
This comes on top of six subpoenas put out by the commission on Monday specifically in regards to challenging the 2020 election results.
The January 6th committee put out a press release on Tuesday explaining who they were requesting documents from, and why. The main link between these individuals according to the House panel relates to their proximity to President Trump on January 6th, or in the days leading up to it.
- Ben Williamson: senior adviser to former chief of staff Mark Meadows.
- Cassidy Hutchinson: Trump’s special assistant for legislative affairs.
- Christopher Liddell: Trump White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination from March 2018 to January 2021.
- John McEntee: Trump’s personal aide from January 2017 to March 2018 when he was dismissed by Chief of Staff John Kelly. But he came back between January 2020 to January 2021 as the Director of the White House Presidential Personnel Office.
- Kayleigh McEnany: Trump’s White House press secretary from April 2020 through January 2021.
- Keith Kellogg: National Security Advisor to Vice President Pence between April 2018 to January 2021.
- Kenneth Klukowski: former senior lawyer for Assistant Attorney General Jeff Clark.
- Molly Michael: A special assistant to Trump and coordinator for Oval Office operations.
- Nicholas Luna: former assistant to President Trump.
- Stephen Miller: former senior adviser for Trump throughout his term.
The most noteworthy names in terms of previous public awareness on that list being Kayleigh McEnany and Stephen Miller. The January 6th committee also accuses the both of them as having publicly supported Trump’s concerns of voter fraud in the aftermath of the November 2020 election results.
In the case of John McEntee he’s labeled by The Atlantic as "the man who made January 6th possible." But what it boils down to for the Trump administration in a general sense is that McEntree’s role amounted to snuffing out "never Trumpers" who might’ve landed a job within the White House.
The Daily Caller’s White House Correspondent posted Trump’s response to today’s round of subpoenas.
Throughout 2021, Congress has made efforts to address the Capitol riot, eventually leading to the formation of the January 6th commission under the House Speaker. A bipartisan measure of agreement fell apart back in May. In June, Pelosi launched her own special committee effort, and the month after that it was described by Republican Jim Jordan that any efforts of open dialogue on the committee was a "sham."
In the big picture, former President Trump is still a fixture in American political discourse. He was a talking point in Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s failed campaign for Virginia governor. As for Trump, he recently hinted at the likelihood he’ll be running again, with a kickoff at some point after the 2022 midterms.
Alongside the Capitol riot investigation is special counsel Robert Durham’s inquiry into what kicked off the Russiagate scandal of the 2016 election. Findings from that in recent weeks have pegged people connected to Hillary Clinton’s former campaign.