Jan. 6 select committee to issue more subpoenas soon, chair says

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The chairman of the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection told reporters Monday the panel plans to issue a “good number” of subpoenas beyond the four already announced.

Why it matters: The comments by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) indicate the investigation is ramping up. Thompson also said the initial batch has gotten no response — indicating the headwinds facing the probe.

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The details: The chairman said the new subpoenas would go to a “similar group, but a broader group,” of people as the first batch.

  • He added, “I think a lot of those individuals who have been charged by the authorities, potentially, could work with us on crafting the facts and circumstances as to why they came to Washington. I think they'll have significant information that the committee could benefit from.”

What we’re watching: Those who have already received subpoenas have not yet responded, Thompson told reporters.

  • They were sent to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former communications official Dan Scavino, former Defense Department official Kash Patel and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.

  • They have until Oct. 7 to turn over the requested documents. Patel and Bannon are instructed to appear before the committee on Oct 14, and Meadows and Scavino have been told to appear on Oct. 15.

  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has warned that those who refuse to comply with subpoenas would be guilty of criminal contempt.

  • Former President Trump has suggested the group is covered by executive privilege.

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