- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The House Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday subpoenaed lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and three other individuals behind President Donald Trump’s challenge of the 2020 presidential election.

The panel alleges that Mr. Giuliani “publicly promoted claims that the 2020 election was stolen and participated in attempts to disrupt or delay the certification of the results.”

The lawmakers also allege that Mr. Giuliani attempted to convince state legislatures to overturn election results, urged Mr. Trump to “direct the seizure of voting machines around the country,” and met with members of Congress to discuss “strategies for delaying or overturning” the election results.

The committee also is demanding documents and testimony from lawyers Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell, and lawyer and former Trump campaign adviser Boris Epshteyn, alleging they “promoted unsupported claims of election fraud and pressure campaigns to overturn the 2020 election.”

“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,” said Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Mississippi Democrat, and committee chairman.

The latest round of subpoenas signals the Democrat-led committee’s intent to probe even further into the former president’s orbit as it prepares to report its initial findings.

The panel said Ms. Powell, who promoted the high-profile claims of election fraud, urged Mr. Trump to seize voting machines in an attempt to uncover evidence that foreign adversaries hacked the election and altered the results.

In their letter to Ms. Powell, the committee specifically demands that she come forward with evidence that she relied upon to support her claims that the election was stolen.

In addition to publicly backing Mr. Trump’s claims of election fraud, the committee alleges, Ms. Ellis circulated memos “purporting to analyze the constitutional authority for the vice president to reject or delay counting electoral votes.”

Mr. Epshteyn, the committee said, attended meetings at the Willard Hotel in the days leading up to the Capitol attack in which Trump allies discussed options to delay the election certification. Mr. Epshteyn also participated in a call with Mr. Trump on the morning of Jan. 6, the panel alleges.

The Democrat-led panel continues to face pushback by witnesses who say the committee has overstepped its bounds.

Several individuals, both Trump insiders and others outside his orbit, have sued the committee over its demands for phone records.

Three Republican lawmakers including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy have turned down the committee’s formal request to participate in the probe.

Republicans contend that the Democrat-led panel has weaponized the events of Jan. 6, and say that the committee serves as a political tool to target conservatives.

Democrats insist the sole aim of the probe is to uncover the truth about what led to the Capitol riot, to ensure a similar event never takes place again.

“We expect these individuals to join the nearly 400 witnesses who have spoken with the Select Committee as the committee works to get answers for the American people about the violent attack on our democracy,” Mr. Thompson said.

• Joseph Clark can be reached at jclark@washingtontimes.com.

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