Additional Subpoenas Over Jan. 6 Insurrection Are Coming, Chairman Says


Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who is serving as the chairman of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, says that observers can expect additional subpoenas from the panel in coming days. The committee has already issued subpoenas for key Trump allies including former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, and as reported by NPR, those subpoenas — which also target former White House deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino and former Defense Department official Kash Patel — demand that the specified individuals “produce sought-after documents relevant to the deadly attack by Oct. 7 and then sit for a deposition the following week, either on Oct. 14 or 15.”

Now, although Thompson did not provide specific names among those who might be subpoenaed next, he did indicate that similar efforts to obtain documents and information would continue. As he put it:

‘We have every reason to believe that we will be moving forward with some additional subpoenas.’

Thompson was also asked about what would happen if the previously subpoenaed individuals failed to meet the deadlines set out for them, and he replied with the following:

‘Well, the two basic options, obviously, are to have House counsel appeal to the courts on that. Obviously, we hope they don’t, and if they’re not [in compliance], the committee is prepared to litigate it, because we think it’s important, [for] those four individuals we did subpoena, that we hear from them. We think they have significant information that can benefit the work of the committee.’

Meanwhile, Thompson also referenced previously reported interest by the committee in hearing from participants in the riot, who he suggested “potentially could work with us on crafting the facts and circumstances as to why they came to Washington.” Check out his comments below:

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who is also on the riot investigation committee in the House, has already established that she is determined to understand exactly what was going on at the White House around the time of the attack on the Capitol — a concern, of course, that could provide the foundation for further subpoenas. During a July hearing of the riot investigation committee, Cheney said that investigators “must… know what happened every minute of that day in the White House — every phone call, every conversation, every meeting — leading up to, during, and after the attack.”