Witch Hunt: January 6 Committee Scraping Bottom Of The Barrel Looking For Dirt

Written By BlabberBuzz | Thursday, 13 January 2022 16:45

The Select Committee formed to investigate the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot has issued a fresh batch of subpoenas sent out on Tuesday.

Among those subpoenaed were Ross Worthington, former President Donald Trump's Jan. 6 rally speechwriter, and Andy Surabian and Arthur Schwartz, both advisers to Donald Trump Jr.

"The Select Committee is seeking information from individuals who were involved with the rally at the Ellipse,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, the Committee chairman, expressed in a statement. "Protests on that day escalated into an attack on our democracy."

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Worthington is among those who helped draft the speech that Trump delivered on Jan. 6 at a rally on the Ellipse. He has cast his doubt on the integrity of the 2020 election and urged supporters to march to the Capitol as lawmakers worked to certify President Joe Biden's victory.

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In their letters to Surabian and Schwartz, the committee also wrote that investigators are interested in their communication with individuals, including Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, about the Jan. 6 rally.

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Surabian's lawyer, Daniel Bean, issued a statement in response to the subpoena confirming that his client plans to cooperate with the committee "within reason."

"Mr. Surabian is a close friend to Donald Trump Jr. and is running a Super PAC that opposes the reelection of one of the members of the committee," he stated. "We believe this is nothing more than harassment of the committee’s political opponents and is un-American to the core.

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The subpoenas inform that the three are compelled to appear for depositions between Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 and provide documents by Jan. 24.

As the panel subpoenaed the trio of Trump allies, it also seeks to dismiss a right-wing conspiracy theory. It was announced Tuesday that Ray Epps, who was seen trying to egg on protesters ahead of the Jan. 6 riot, told committee members in an interview that he was not a federal agent.

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Epps has been the focus of far-right allegations that, instead of being a Trump supporter, he was working with the federal government, seeking to provoke violence.

"The Select Committee is aware of unsupported claims that Ray Epps was an FBI informant based on the fact that he was on the FBI Wanted list and then was removed from that list without being charged," the committee said in a statement. "Mr. Epps informed us that he was not employed by, working with, or acting at the direction of any law enforcement agency on January 5th or 6th or at any other time, and that he has never been an informant for the FBI or any other law enforcement agency."

Epps was seen on video the night of Jan. 5 asking other people to "go into the Capitol" the next day. In a video from Jan. 6, Epps shouted to those nearby: "OK, folks, spread the word! As soon as the president is done speaking, we go to the Capitol. The Capitol is this direction," PolitiFact reported.

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