The committee if focused on efforts to pressure Vice President Pence to reject Joe Biden’s victory when he presided over the electoral vote count in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
The House select committee issued subpoenas to four social media companies who have so far provided “inadequate response” to requests for information and records relating to the spread of misinformation and efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
Jan. 6 committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) did not elaborate on whether his panel has information that these lawmakers had any knowledge about the possibility of violence on Jan. 6.
One area of particular interest is acquiring and scrutinizing several versions of a video Donald Trump reportedly recorded before finally releasing a message 187 minutes after the insurrection began asking his supporters to disperse.
Jeffrey Clark, the former acting head of the DOJ’s civil division, emerged as a key player in Donald Trump’s post-election efforts to challenge the 2020 election before the inauguration of President Biden.
Chairman Bennie G. Thompson detailed why the panel rejects the former Trump adviser’s claim that he does not have to comply because the former president is asserting executive privilege.
Ex-Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon cited the former president’s intention to invoke executive privilege in initially refusing to cooperate with the panel’s subpoena.
the 24-page memo centers on Eastman’s alleged role in pressing Vice President Pence not to count electoral votes on Jan. 6 and certify President Biden as the winner.
Along with asking for certain records related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the committee is instructing the four men to appear for depositions in mid-October.