January 6 summons from the panel of former White House officials who helped draft Trump’s speech

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The committee also invited two advisers to Donald Trump Jr.

All three people were “involved in the planning and preparation of the January 6 rally in the Ellipse,” says the committee.

“The special committee is looking for information from people who participated in the rally in the ellipse. The protests that day escalated into an attack on our democracy, Chairman Bennie Thompson said in a statement.

“We have reason to believe that the people we summoned today have relevant information and we expect them to join the more than 340 people who spoke to the special committee while we investigate this attack on ours Promote democracy and make sure nothing like that “ever happens again,” added Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat.

The committee says it has documents on file showing that Worthington helped shape Trump’s speech at the rally. In the letter of subpoena, the panel said it wanted to speak to Worthington about lines in Trump’s speech falsely claiming that the 2020 elections were stolen and possibly incited to violence.

The committee highlights the lines from Trump’s speech in which he told his supporters to “fight much harder” and “stop the theft”. The letter also refers to the section of the former president’s speech in which he encouraged attendees to march to the Capitol and said, “I will be with you.”

In its letter to Schwartz and Surabian, the committee said it was interested in communications related to rally planning, including concerns about certain proposed speakers such as Stop the Steal organizer Ali Alexander and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

They also relate to notices of “appearance fees” for certain people who ultimately spoke at the event. While the letters do not name these speakers, they do mention several people with whom the committee believes Schwartz and Surabian were in contact in addition to Trump Jr and Guilfoyle, including rally organizers Katrina Pierson and Caroline Wren and Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich .

The House Special Committee received financial records for Budowich from JPMorgan bank in late December as part of its investigation, CNN previously reported.

Budowich had previously sued the committee and asked a federal court for emergency aid over Christmas week to prevent the bank from releasing its records. He said he had already submitted hundreds of documents to the committee, including on his finances, and that the panel’s request to the bank was a step too far.

But it was already too late. A judge initially rejected his request for help because it was controversial.

This story was updated on Tuesday with additional developments.

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