The panel specifically asks Pierson about a reported Jan. 4 meeting she had with then-President Donald Trump in which he asked about a separate event featuring speakers like Ali Alexander and Roger Stone. Pierson reportedly informed Trump of a January 5 rally organized by a group called the Eighty Percent Coalition, whose leader Cindy Chafian also received one of 11 subpoenas.
Committee investigators are examining the links between the rally’s organizers and Trump, who helped boost turnout by portraying Jan.6 as a “savage” protest against the 2020 election results. Many extremists who participated in the rally and at the subsequent violation of Capitol Hill cited Trump’s language as justification for their actions.
“I don’t think it’s a secret that we were very focused on preparing for January 6 and planning for the events of January 5 and 6,” said Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), One of the nine committee members. “So … that’s one of the ways we’re going to be focusing early on.”
Other subpoena targets include Tim Unes, the head of a company called Event Strategies, who was affiliated with the January 6 event; One’s associate, Justin Caporale, who is listed as the “project manager” for the event; Megan Powers, listed on the paperwork as “operations manager” for the event; Kylie Jane Kremer, who is listed as the point of contact for the event; Hannah Salem Stone, who is listed as the operations manager for the event; and Lyndon Brentnall, listed as “onsite supervisor” for the event.
Prosecutors have charged several participants in the rally and related events with joining the riot on Capitol Hill, but little evidence has been released so far as to whether the rally’s organizers anticipated the attack or discussed the growing evidence. that the rally would attract violent actors to Washington. Trump faces multiple lawsuits from Capitol Hill police, lawmakers and advocacy groups, accusing him of inciting violence by stoking disinformation about election results and calling in supporters in Washington.
“The subpoenas cover a range of documents including documents dealing with planning, financing and participation in events and bus tours; activity on the social networks of associated entities; and communications with or involvement of officials and lawmakers in the Trump administration, ”according to the Committee’s Jan.6 announcement.
The new subpoenas come as investigators have stepped up their efforts to obtain documents and testimony from witnesses they consider likely to be hostile. Last week, the committee subpoenaed four Trump World insiders, including former chief of staff Mark Meadows and longtime Trump aide Dan Scavino, for documents and testimony.
The committee has already received documents from seven federal agencies, as POLITICO previously reported. representing
They face significant obstacles in achieving this goal. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week that Biden decided not to claim executive privilege to protect the secrecy of Trump White House documents related to the investigation. But hours later, another White House spokesperson retracted that statement and said the Biden team decided to give the green light to the release of documents from a few former Justice Department officials.
And civil liberties advocates have expressed concerns about tracing records of those linked to holding a rally, which could constitute an intrusion into First Amendment rights.
“At a minimum, there has to be a distinction between those who actually participated in the attack on the US Capitol and those who were in Washington and legally exercising their right to protest,” said Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of Brennan Center’s Liberty. and the National Security Program, which worried about a “dangerous precedent”.
“For example, I worry that a future committee, under a different leadership, will find a pretext to subpoena emails and texts from Black Lives Matter executives or other racial justice activists. She added.