Sep 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Jan. 6 committee to issue more subpoenas soon

Protestors are seen outside the U.S. Capitol amid the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Protesters during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Photo: Michael Nigro/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

The chairman of the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection told reporters Monday the panel plans to issue a “good number” of subpoenas beyond the four already announced.

Why it matters: The comments by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) indicate the investigation is ramping up. Thompson also said the initial batch has gotten no response — indicating the headwinds facing the probe.

The details: The chairman said the new subpoenas would go to a “similar group, but a broader group,” of people as the first batch.

  • He added, “I think a lot of those individuals who have been charged by the authorities, potentially, could work with us on crafting the facts and circumstances as to why they came to Washington. I think they'll have significant information that the committee could benefit from.”

What we’re watching: Those who have already received subpoenas have not yet responded, Thompson told reporters.

  • They were sent to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former communications official Dan Scavino, former Defense Department official Kash Patel and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.
  • They have until Oct. 7 to turn over the requested documents. Patel and Bannon are instructed to appear before the committee on Oct 14, and Meadows and Scavino have been told to appear on Oct. 15.
  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has warned that those who refuse to comply with subpoenas would be guilty of criminal contempt.
  • Former President Trump has suggested the group is covered by executive privilege.
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