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An update on the January 6 insurrection

It’s been nearly nine months since the January 6 insurrection occurred at Capitol Hill in the U.S. So far, nearly 600 people have been arrested in connection with the attack. Let’s take a look at what’s happened since our last update (which you can read here).  

The investigation 

The U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack began an investigation into the insurrection back in July. The Committee is made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans.  

In August, the Committee sent letters to eight different federal agencies, requesting information and records on the roles that some Trump administration officials may have played in the attack. The agencies were given a two-week deadline to produce the records and other forms of potential evidence to further help the Committee understand what happened on the day of the insurrection. 

Last week, the House Select Committee investigation subpoenaed four advisors and associates to the former President, all of whom were in contact with Trump during the Capitol breach.

Quickly, what is a subpoena? 

It’s an order to appear in court to give evidence or to produce a document to the court. 

This week 

Earlier this week, the House Select Committee issued its second round of subpoenas to 11 individuals who were involved with the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally. This was the rally that occurred in Washington, just before the attack, where Trump was present and told his supporters, “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore”. One of the 11 individuals is Amy Kremer, a prominent conservative political activist who founded the organisation Women for America First – the organisation behind the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally (often dubbed the ‘March to Save America’).  

According to a statement by the Committee, “the subpoenas seek a range of records that include materials dealing with the planning, funding, and participation in the events and bus tours; social media activity of associated entities; and communications with or involvement of Trump Administration officials and lawmakers.”

Each of the 11 individuals are required to produce the relevant documents by October 13, and to appear on Capitol Hill for a deposition (a sworn testimony — under oath) later in October.

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