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The select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol has issued its latest batch of subpoenas, this time to prominent allies of former President Trump, many of whom were involved in efforts to stop the certification of President Biden's win.

Why it matters: The latest subpoenas include the president's former campaign manager and lawyer, among others, and provide insight into the scope of the committee's investigation and indicate that it is continuing to pick up steam.

  • The subpoenas were issued to Bill Stepien, Jason Miller, Angela McCallum, John Eastman, Michael Flynn, and Bernie Kerik.

The details: Notable among the recipients of the subpoenas is Eastman, a member of the then-president's legal team who reportedly tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results.

  • The committee says that Jason Miller, a senior advisor to Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, publicly spread lies about the integrity of the election results. He purportedly participated in a Jan. 5 meeting during which Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon "discussed options for overturning the results" of the presidential election. Bernie Kerik was also in that meeting, according to the committee.
  • Michael Flynn reportedly attended a meeting in the Oval Office on December 18th, 2020 during which measures like seizing voting machines and declaring a national emergency around the election results were discussed.
  • The committee cites a phone recording left by Angela McCallum for a Michigan state representative. In the recording, McCallum tells the representative that he or she had the authority "to appoint an alternate slate of electors based on purported evidence of widespread election fraud."
  • Bill Stepien was Trump's campaign manager for the 2020 reelection. "The campaign reportedly urged state and party officials to affect the outcome of the November 2020 election by asking states to delay or deny certification of electoral votes and by sending multiple slate of electoral votes to the United States Congress," the committee writes.

Thought bubble: Besides Steve Bannon, a former Trump ally who refused to comply with the subpoena issued to him by the committee, witnesses are showing a willingness to testify, Axios' Zach Basu reported.

  • Four years of investigative stonewalling by the Trump administration had a demoralizing effect on Democrats, but the quiet compliance shows a committee investigation is still feared — and has some clout.
  • Recently, committee c0-chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) told Politico that the committee had already interviewed over 150 people.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show Rep. Liz Cheney's correct party affiliation, R-Wyo., not D-Wyo. 

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Jan. 6 committee will vote on holding former DOJ official in contempt

Former acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Clark in Oct. 2020. Photo: Yuri Gripas-Pool/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot announced that it will hold a vote on Wednesday to recommend Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official, be held in criminal contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena.

Why it matters: If the panel votes in favor and the resolution is approved by the full House, Clark would be the second person held in criminal contempt for refusing to provide information for the Jan. 6 investigation.

Nov 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Trump can't quit mainstream media

Bob Woodward and Robert Costa are interviewed by Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" in September. Photo: William B. Plowman/NBC via Getty Images

Bob Woodward and Robert Costa issued a rebuttal on Friday to a statement by former President Donald Trump that misrepresented their reporting — and once again showed the 45th president's thin skin about mainstream media.

Driving the news: "Former President Trump said ... our book, 'Peril,' implied that he was planning to go to war with China," the statement begins. "[W]e report that Chairman of Joint Chiefs Mark Milley 'believed that Trump did not want a war' before or after the 2020 election."

Biden administration makes first move on data privacy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Biden administration is launching its first big effort on privacy policy by looking at how data privacy issues affect civil rights.

Why it matters: An administration perspective on privacy policy could be key in developing a long-awaited national privacy law by putting the White House stamp on how to regulate privacy.