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Rudy Giuliani among four Trump associates subpoenaed by probe into Capitol riot

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Former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File

Former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File

Former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File

The congressional committee probing the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol issued subpoenas yesterday to three lawyers who joined former president Donald Trump’s unsuccessful attempt to overturn his election defeat: Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis.

The House of Representatives committee demanded the pro-Trump lawyers hand over documents and sit for depositions on February 8.

Representative Bennie Thompson, the committee’s chairman, said in a statement that the panel expects the lawyers to join the nearly 400 witnesses who have spoken with the Select Committee as part of its investigation into the causes of the deadly attack by Trump supporters.

The committee also subpoenaed Boris Epshteyn, a Trump political adviser.

Mr Giuliani, Ms Powell, Mr Epshteyn, and Ms Ellis did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“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,” Mr Thompson said.

Ms Powell, Mr Giuliani, and Mr Ellis jointly spoke at a Trump campaign news conference on November 19, 2020, where they vowed to overturn President Joe Biden’s election victory.

Ms Powell promised to “release the Kraken”, likening their effort to a mythological sea monster.

The Trump campaign distanced itself from Ms Powell after she claimed without evidence at the news conference that electronic voting systems had switched millions of ballots from Mr Trump to Mr Biden.

Mr Giuliani’s New York law licence was suspended in June, after a state appeals court found he made “demonstrably false and misleading” statements that widespread voter fraud undermined the election, won by Democrat Joe Biden.

The committee is aiming to release an interim report in the summer and a final report in the autumn, a source familiar with the investigation said last month. The Select Committee’s members have said they will consider passing along evidence of criminal conduct by Mr Trump to the US Justice Department. Such a move, known as a criminal referral, would be largely symbolic but would increase the pressure on Attorney General Merrick Garland to charge Mr Trump.

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