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January 6 Capitol riot committee issues fresh subpoenas

A US House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol has issued fresh subpoenas to three individuals.

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They include two former advisers to Donald Trump Jr. — Andrew Surabian and Arthur Schwartz — and an adviser to former president Donald Trump, Ross Worthington, who assisted in drafting Trump’s January 6, 2021, rally speech.

“We have reason to believe the individuals we’ve subpoenaed today have relevant information,” the committee stated. “We expect them to join the more than 340 individuals who have spoken with the Select Committee.”

In a speech on Tuesday, President Joe Biden called the attack an attempted “coup” for the first time.

The speech came on the heels of Biden’s forceful address marking the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack last week. Tuesday’s speech appears to be the first instance of the president using the word “coup” to describe the attack, which he called an “armed insurrection.”

Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, Democratic chairman of the panel, issued subpoenas on Tuesday to Andy Surabian and Arthur Schwartz, strategists who advised Donald Trump Jr., and Ross Worthington, a former White House official who the committee said helped draft the speech Trump gave at the rally directly preceding last year’s attack.

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