A select committee of the US House of Representatives is investigating the death. The panel’s chairman said Thursday that six riots in the capital have summoned four former members of Donald Trump’s administration, including Mark Meadows and Steve Benn.
Committee Chairman Benny Thompson said in a statement that former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino and former Defense Department official Cash Patel were also summoned and instructed to prepare and submit material.
A Meadows spokesman said he declined to comment. Benn and Scavino could not be reached for comment.
Patel said in a statement that he was “disappointed, but not surprised” that the committee had sought a statement before seeking his voluntary cooperation.
A crowd of Trump supporters stormed. The capital On Jan. 6, as Congress Democrats were meeting to confirm Biden’s election victory, the process was delayed for several hours by Vice President Mike Pence, members of Congress, staff and journalists fleeing the riots.
About 600 people have been arrested in connection with the attack. It was the worst violence against a US government seat since the British invasion of the 1812 war.
Thompson said Meadows allegedly talked to state and federal officials as part of an effort to overturn the 2020 election or block Biden’s credentials. Meadows was also reportedly in contact with January organizers. 6 Rally, Thompson said.
‘All Hell Is Broken’
In a letter to Benn, Thompson noted that he had been involved in numerous conversations about persuading members of Congress to stop confirming Trump’s election defeat.
“You quoted January 5, 2021, as saying, ‘Tomorrow all hell is about to break,'” Thomson wrote.
Benn was fired by Trump in August 2017, but he later erected a fence and kept in touch. Trump pardoned Benn when he was accused of arresting his own supporters of the president for trying to raise private funds to build the border wall.
Meadows and Scavino have been instructed to appear on October 15 and Benin and Patel on October 14.
In a letter to Scavino, Thompson said he witnessed Trump’s activities on the day of the riots. “You may have content related to (Trump’s) videotaping and tweeting messages on January 6,” Thompson said.
Patel, who served as acting chief of staff to acting secretary Christopher Miller, allegedly spoke to Meadows repeatedly on the day of the riots.
The House Democrats formed a committee in the House on the objections of Trump’s fellow Republicans. The committee includes two Republicans, Liz Cheney and Adam Kensinger.
He is one of 10 House Republicans who reiterated their false claim that his defeat was the result of widespread fraud, accusing him of inciting the vote to impeach Trump with violence. The Senate later acquitted him.
“We will fight subpoena on executive privileges and other grounds,” Trump said in a statement.