January 6 committee subpoenas longtime Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and three others

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was a lawyer for President Donald Trump, has been subpoenaed by the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot (Picture: AP)

The House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot has subpoenaed ex-President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the legal team that filed lawsuits with conspiracy theories on the 2020 election.

In a letter to Giuliani, the committee on Tuesday cited witness testimony as well as reports that he urged Trump to seize voting machines despite the Department of Homeland Security saying it was not lawful.

The committee on Tuesday also issued subpoenas for Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell, two lawyers who pushed election fraud conspiracies. Ellis drafted a memo on how Trump could overturn the presidential election using an little-known law, while Powell oversaw raising millions of dollars on false claims that voting machines were rigged.

In addition, the committee subpoenaed former Trump campaign adviser Boris Epshteyn, who worked with Giuliani at the Willard Hotel ‘command center’ after the election. Epshteyn took part in a call with Trump on the morning of insurrection, ‘during which options were discussed to delay the certification of election results’, the committee claims.

‘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,’ the committee’s chairman Bennie Thompson stated.

Tuesday’s subpoenas indicate the committee is stepping up its inquiry, targeting individuals in Trump’s inner circle. The committee has been delving into Trump and his allies’ efforts to pressure state and Justice Department officials into reversing the election results.

On January 6, 2021, Giuliani called for ‘trial by combat’ before a crowd of Trump fans, before they stormed the Capitol to try to stop Congress from certifying the election for Joe Biden. During the siege, Giuliani called lawmakers in an effort to delay the certification.

Giuliani long served as Trump’s personal lawyer. About a month after the Capitol riot, however, Trump advisor Jason Miller stated that Giuliani was ‘not currently’ representing the 45th president ‘in any legal matters’. Trump cut ties as Giuliani faced multiple lawsuits for his role in trying to overturn the presidential election results.

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