Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and other Trump legal team members

The committee is requesting "records and testimony" from lawyers Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, and Boris Epshteyn.

Published: January 18, 2022 5:33pm

Updated: January 18, 2022 6:22pm

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot issued subpoenas on Tuesday to Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, and Boris Epshteyn.

"The Select Committee is looking into the causes that contributed to the violence on January 6th, including attempts to promote unsupported claims of election fraud and pressure campaigns to overturn the 2020 election results," Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a press release announcing the subpoenas.

"The four individuals we’ve subpoenaed today advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former President about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes," Thompson wrote.

The committee similar language in all of the subpoenas. Each person as accused of having "publically promoted claims that the 2020 election was stolen and participated in attempts to disrupt or delay the certification of the election results based on your allegations." 

All four participated in a Nov. 19, 2020, press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, in Washington, D.C., to discuss possible legal actions after the election.

The panel accused Powell and Giuliani of urging "President Trump to direct the seizure of voting machines around the country" in December 2020.

The committee states that Ellis created "two memos purporting to analyze the constitutional authority for the Vice President to reject or delay counting
electoral votes from states that had submitted alternate slates of electors."

Epshteyn reportedly was involved in meetings leading up to Jan. 6. The committee states that Epshteyn had a phone call with Trump the morning of Jan. 6 to discuss options "to delay the certification of election results in light of Vice President Pence’s unwillingness to deny or delay certification."

The four Trump lawyers were asked to produce the requested documents by Feb. 1 and appear before the panel on Feb. 8.

It is currently unclear whether any of the attorneys subpoenaed Tuesday will comply with the committee.

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