Jan 6 Committee Sues Trump Speechwriter to Pre-Insurrection Rally

WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building on Tuesday issued a subpoena for three more aides to the former president Donald Trump, including Ross Worthington, the speechwriter who helped draft the speech in which Trump warned his followers that they would lose their country if they didn’t “fight like hell” that day.

“President Trump falsely claimed he had won the 2020 presidential election and urged the mob to ‘fight much harder’ and ‘stop the theft,'” the commission’s letter to Worthington read. “President Trump also encouraged those in attendance to march to the Capitol and said, ‘I’ll be with you.'”

Worthington, 33, is one of the former aides to Stephen Miller, who was Trump’s speechwriter during his 2016 campaign and was primarily responsible for Trump’s most significant speeches during his four years in office. Miller was subpoenaed by the committee in November, as were other top officials in the Trump White House.

“If you don’t fight like hell, you’re out of country,” Trump told thousands of his followers near the White House on the day of the Capitol riot, mostly reading his comments on teleprompters sent to both sides were lined up. from the desk.

Worthington did not respond to HuffPost’s questions on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump addresses his supporters on Jan. 6, 2021, as Congress prepares to certify the electoral college votes.

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The commission also issued subpoenas to Arthur Schwartz and Andy Surabian, two advisers closely associated with Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who also spoke at the Jan. 6 meeting.

Letters to both men said the committee was interested in their rally planning activities, including some concerns about the involvement of right-wing conspiracy theorists Ali Alexander and Alex Jones, as well as arranging performance fees for some speakers.

Schwartz did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Surabian said through his lawyer that he would cooperate with the commission, but that he did not know anything about January 6.

“While we intend to work with the committee within reasonable limits, we are baffled as to why Mr Surabian is being subpoenaed in the first place. He had absolutely nothing to do with the events that took place at the Capitol that day, he was not involved in organizing the meeting that preceded it, and was off the Trump campaign payroll as of Nov. 15, 2020,” attorney Daniel Bean wrote. in a statement.

The Jan. 6 bipartisan commission plans to hold public hearings as early as next month with the goal of producing an interim report on Trump’s efforts to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election in his bid to retain power. to block.

“The protests that day escalated into an attack on our democracy. Protesters became rioters in a violent attempt to derail the peaceful transfer of power,” committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a statement. “We have reason to believe that the individuals we have subpoenaed today have relevant information and we expect they will join the more than 340 individuals who have spoken with the Select Committee as we continue to address this attack on our examine democracy and make sure that something like this doesn’t happen. never happens again.”

Trump, who lost the election by 7 million votes nationally and by 306-232 votes in the Electoral College, became the first president in more than two centuries of American elections to refuse to hand over power peacefully. The January 6 attack on the Capitol — which Trump invoked in a last-ditch effort to remain in office — resulted in five deaths, including a police officer, as well as injuries to an additional 140 officers and four police suicides.

Despite this, Trump remains the dominant figure in the Republican Party and speaks openly about running for president again in 2024.


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