“During that day, demonstrations escalated into violence and protesters turned into rioters. The special committee needs to know all the details of what happened prior to the attack, including who was involved in planning and funding it. We expect these witnesses to cooperate fully in our investigation. “
Next to Alexander, the target of the summons Nathan Martin, another organizer of the pre-uprising rally, and the stop the steal organization. A previous round of eleven subpoenas targeted other Trump allies who organized various events in the lead up to the January 6 attack on the Capitol. And four close associates of Trump – including former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows – are facing a subpoena Thursday to hand documents over to the committee.
Martin and Alexander have two weeks until October 21 to respond to the panel’s request for documents. The committee set a statement for Martin on October 28th and a statement for Alexander on October 29th, while the Stop the Steal group has a week to produce documents.
Martin confirmed receipt of the subpoena, but declined to comment.
Alexander said in a since deleted video that he worked with Reps Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) to try to get the January 6th Congressional session that certifies Biden’s victory as an opportunity to exert pressure on legislators to overturn the election results.
“The four of us decided to put maximum pressure on Congress during the vote,” Alexander said in the video.
It is unclear whether any of the recipients of the summons will obey the committee’s orders. Trump has directed Meadows and other close associates to defy the committee’s demands, a likely precursor to an intense legal battle, to compel them to cooperate. Trump himself intends to prevent the National Archives from sending his former White House records to the committee, promising to ignite another major court battle.
Some guard dog and civil rights groups had raised concerns about the panel’s plans to obtain information from people involved in organizing the rallies. The Project on Government Oversight sent a letter to the committee Tuesday asking them to be careful with individuals’ private information.
“While claims of electoral fraud have been unfounded and have seriously undermined public confidence in our democracy, false and grossly offensive statements are still constitutionally protected. Accordingly, we urge the committee to be particularly cautious in its requests for records that imply First Amendment rights or to set a precedent for future claims that may affect First Amendment protected activities, ”wrote POGO executive director Danielle Brian .