Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and former Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller are among 10 figures in the 45th president’s administration who received subpoenas Tuesday from the House select committee investigating the deadly riot at the US Capitol.
In a letter to McEnany, committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said that she had “made multiple public statements from the White House and elsewhere about purported fraud in the November 2020 election, which individuals who attacked the U.S. Capitol echoed on January 6.”
Thompson’s letter cited statements McEnany had made alleging that there were “very real claims” of voter fraud by Trump’s re-election campaign, as well as that Democrats were “welcoming fraud” and “welcoming illegal voting.”
The letter also noted that McEnany had accompanied Trump to the “Stop the Steal” rally that precipitated the Capitol riot and cited a recent tell-all book that claimed she “popped in and out” of Trump’s presence while he watched coverage of the violence.
In his letter to Miller, Thompson accused him of having “been aware of, and participated in, efforts to spread false information about alleged voter fraud in the November 2020 election, as well as efforts to encourage state legislators to alter the outcome of the November 2020 election by, among other things, appointing alternate slates of electors”.
Also receiving a subpoena for records and testimony was retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who served as then-Vice President Mike Pence’s national security adviser from April 2018 through the end of Trump’s term of office.
“You were in the White House with former President Trump as the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol unfolded and have direct information about the former President’s statements about, and reactions to, the Capitol insurrection,” Thompson wrote to Kellogg.
The six others who were subpoenaed Tuesday were the former president’s personal assistant, Nicholas Luna; Oval Office Operations Coordinator Molly Michael; Ben Williamson, a senior adviser to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows; former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Christopher Liddell; former White House Personnel Director John McEntee; former Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs Cassidy Hutchinson; and Kenneth Klukowski, former Senior Counsel to Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark.
Tuesday’s subpoenas came just one day after the panel issued subpoenas to six additional individuals, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former NYPD commissioner and Trump ally Bernard Kerik and attorney John Eastman.
In all, more than 30 people have been subpoenaed by the committee, including Meadows and former Trump strategist Steve Bannon.