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The Jan 6. select committee investigating the deadly Capitol riot has subpoenaed four aides to former President Trump for testimony and documents.

Why it matters: 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 were all in touch "with the White House on or in the days leading up to the January 6th insurrection," the committee said in a release.

The big picture: These are the first subpoenas for testimony issued by the select committee. Earlier Thursday, committee member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) warned that those who refuse to comply with subpoenas would be guilty of criminal contempt.

  • A letter to Scavino from committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) notes that the committee believes Scavino to have important information regarding Trump's activities and communications leading up to and on Jan. 6.
  • Patel is believed to have relevant information regarding the security preparations on the Capitol ahead of Jan. 6 and the response to the events of the day.
  • Thompson's letter to Meadows notes that the latter was involved both with the promotion of Trump's lies about the election and also communicated with Trump during the Capitol riot.
  • Bannon too is believed to have key information regarding events that led up to Jan. 6. The letter from Thompson notes that on Jan. 5, Bannon was quoted as saying that "all hell is going to break loose tomorrow."

What they're saying: “The Select Committee is investigating the facts, circumstances, and causes of the January 6th attack and issues relating to the peaceful transfer of power, in order to identify and evaluate lessons learned and to recommend to the House and its relevant committees corrective laws, policies, procedures, rules, or regulations,” Chairman Thompson, wrote in the press release.

What to watch: All four have until Oct. 7 to turn over the requested documents. Patel and Bannon are instructed to appear before the committee on Oct 14, followed by Meadows and Scavino on Oct. 15.

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) on Sunday defended President Biden's support for prosecuting those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee, telling CNN's "State of the Union" that Biden has "every right" to make his position clear.

Driving the news: Biden said Friday that he hoped the Justice Department would prosecute those who defy subpoenas and hold them accountable.

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Why it matters: The next few weeks will be pivotal to enacting President Biden's agenda — and determining how the Democratic Party fares in the midterm elections.

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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates being interviewed on CBS' "60 Minutes" for Sunday's show. Photo: CBS

"Extreme polarization" in the U.S. is the "greatest threat" to the country's democracy, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Why it matters: The Republican, who served eight presidents, including stints as CIA director, and later as defense secretary for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, added that the "greatest threat is found within the two square miles that encompass the White House and the Capitol Building."