On Tuesday, the House Select Committee inquiring the 6th JAN insurrection on the United States Capitol subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani, a key figure in ex-US President Donald Trump’s failed bid to tilt the Nov. 3, 2002 election outcomes on the basis of unsupported assertions of extensive voter fraud.
In addition to Rudy Giuliani, the 6th JAN inquiry panel issued subpoenas to three other Donald Trump allies, two attorneys who pushed various voter fraud conspiracies on Trump’s behalf – Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis, and Boris Epshteyn, the former Trump campaign consultant, who was among those working with Rudy Giuliani at the post-election ‘Willard Hotel command center.’
In a statement, Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson said that the four people they’ve issued subpoenas on Tuesday advanced unfounded theories about massive voter fraud pushed efforts to tilt the election outcomes, or were in direct contact with then-President about efforts to obstruct the tallying of electoral votes.
Moreover, Giuliani, Powell, and Ellis, who were some of the most noticeable advocates of former President’s stolen election falsehoods, appeared together at a press briefing at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee in November 2020 to baselessly claim that Mr. Trump had been the victim of ‘centralized election fraud. Later, Sidney Powell was openly detached from the legal team, but she continued to file lawful challenges to the vote.
Hacking of Voting-Machines Altered Election Outcomes
These subpoenas mark a substantial escalation in the sweeping investigation as the House Select Panel is now in the hunt for to compel cooperation from subpoenaed individuals at the heart of Trump’s push to reverse the election predicated on the falsehood that it was stolen. Moreover, the committee has an entire investigative team keen to examine attempts by the former US President and his associates to pressure officials of the U.S. Justice Department and those at the state level to upturn the Presidential election outcomes.
Rep. Thompson said in a letter Powell also promoted election fraud claims and was reported to have urged the ex-American leader to direct the seizure of voting-machines countrywide to find evidence that foreign adversaries had hacked those machines and transformed the election results.
And the lawyer representing Rudy Giuliani, Mr. Robert Costello, responded on 18th JAN in a statement saying the subpoena implicates executive and attorney-client privileges that belong to Donald Trump. Costello added his client Giuliani hasn’t yet received the subpoena and that the panel hadn’t pursued his ‘voluntary cooperation’ before issuing one. In addition, Costello said the reality that the media got the subpoena letter before Giuliani ‘signifies you this’s political theater, not really an inquiry of actualities.
Trump Ally Epshteyn Called Panel “illegitimate”
Also, Robert Costello represents Mr. Steve Bannon, ex-White House strategist, who is facing criminal contempt charges for defying a subpoena from the January 6th Committee. On Tuesday, Boris Epshteyn said he wasn’t astounded by the panel’s subpoena but called the Select Panel ‘illegal.’
I keep getting a barrage of threats & false accusations from Dems and “reporter” activists.
My only comment is this: Do your worst. I’m not intimidated. I won’t back down. My mission is Truth, my God is the Lord Jesus Christ, and my client is the President of the United States.
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) November 25, 2020
But Ellis didn’t immediately respond for the comment. Instead, shortly after the House Select Panel announced the subpoenas, Ellis retweeted one of her tweets from 25th November 2020, saying she wouldn’t be frightened by untrue allegations.
The Committee says it has interviewed almost four hundred witnesses as part of its inquiry into the origin of the attack on Capitol Hill. However, many allies of Trump have challenged the panel’s subpoenas, arguing that they don’t have to comply for a reason they’re advising the then-President and are protected by executive-privilege.
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