“The Select Committee is seeking information from individuals who were involved with the rally at the Ellipse,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the panel’s chair, mentioned in a press release. “Protests on that day escalated into an attack on our democracy. Protestors became rioters who carried out a violent attempt to derail the peaceful transfer of power.”
The youthful Trump has been the supply of recent revelations from the committee for pleading together with his father amid the violence on Jan. 6 to subject a public denouncement of the rioters. Trump Jr. lamented that his father’s earlier statements had been inadequate to quell the violence and sought a firmer effort.
The subpoenas require the three males to offer paperwork by Jan. 24 and seem for depositions between Jan. 31 and Feb. 2.
In his letters to Surabian and Schwartz, Thompson mentioned the panel was notably interested by their contacts with a slew of people linked to the Jan. 6 rally, together with Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich, Trump adviser Katrina Pierson, Publix heiress Julie Fancelli and GOP fundraiser Caroline Wren.
“While we plan on cooperating with the Committee within reason, we are bewildered as to why Mr. Surabian is being subpoenaed in the first place,” Daniel Bean, a lawyer for Surabian, mentioned in a press release. “He had nothing at all to do with the events that took place at the [Capitol] that day, zero involvement in organizing the rally that preceded it and was off the payroll of the Trump campaign as of November 15, 2020.”
“During the time period that the rally was being organized, Mr. Surabian was overseeing a Super PAC in support of Republican Senate candidates in Georgia.”
Bean described Surabian as “a close friend” of Trump Jr. and famous that he’s “running a Super PAC that opposes the reelection of one of the members of the committee.”
“Accordingly, we believe this is nothing more than harassment of the Committee’s political opponents and is un-American to the core,” Bean mentioned.
Wren equally rejected the competition that Surabian or Schwartz had involvement within the Jan. 6 rally.
“No two people had less to do with the events in D.C. on January 6th than Arthur Schwartz and Andy Surabian,” she mentioned. “This is just another example of the select committee attempting to indict and humiliate supporters of President Trump.”
Thompson additionally indicated the panel was interested by communications they’d concerning talking roles for pro-Trump broadcaster Alex Jones and Stop the Steal founder Ali Alexander, in addition to “fees for certain people who did speak at the rally.”