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House Panel Subpoenas The Organizers Behind A Rally That Preceded The Capitol Attack

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack has issued subpoenas to 11 organizers of the event that preceded the riot.
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The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack has issued subpoenas to 11 organizers of the event that preceded the riot.

Updated September 29, 2021 at 7:01 PM ET

The Democratic-led House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday issued subpoenas to 11 individuals who were said to have played a role organizing the rally that preceded the deadly attack on the complex.

The move comes after the panel last week issued subpoenas to four former Trump administration officials, and after it made a wave of document requests in the weeks prior.

The 11 individuals subpoenaed were connected with the Women For America First group that played a pivotal role rallying guests to the event near the Capitol with then-President Donald Trump. For example, the subpoenas target two women considered founders of the group, Amy Kremer and Kylie Jane Kremer.

"The investigation has revealed credible evidence of your involvement in events within the scope of the Select Committee's inquiry," reads one letter from panel Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., to Amy Kremer.

Subpoenas were also issued to Maggie Mulvaney, the niece of former Trump adviser Mick Mulvaney, and Trump's 2016 spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson.

The subpoenas compel the 11 people to produce documents relevant to the Capitol riot by Oct. 13, and then sit for a deposition by Nov. 3.

In a statement, the committee said the Women For America First group also helped organize rallies in Washington, D.C., in the last two months of 2020.

Here is a list of those facing subpoenas in the newest round, and their letters from Thompson:

  • Amy Kremer
  • Caroline Wren
  • Cynthia "Cindy" Lee Chafian
  • Hannah Salem Stone
  • Justin Caporale
  • Katrina Pierson
  • Kylie Jane Kremer
  • Lyndon Brentnall
  • Maggie Mulvaney
  • Megan Powers
  • Tim Unes
  • The panel noted that aside from the Kremers, most of the remaining individuals either requested the group's permit for the Jan. 6 rally or were listed in a role for the event in relevant documents.

    Last week, the committee subpoenaed former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former strategist Steve Bannon, former Trump White House deputy chief of staff for communications Dan Scavino and Kashyap Patel, who was chief of staff to then-acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller.

    Those subpoenas — the first the panel issued — compel the four to produce sought-after documents relevant to the deadly attack by Oct. 7, and then sit for a deposition the following week, either on Oct. 14 or 15.

    The select committee is continuing to build its evidence to ultimately file a comprehensive report next year on what led to the Jan. 6 attack.

    Republicans have said the panel is nothing but a partisan exercise.

    Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

    Claudia Grisales is a congressional reporter assigned to NPR's Washington Desk.