The January 6 committee has now sat down with two Donald Trump Jr. employees who were not involved in the demonstration on Capitol Hill before the riot.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday, urging Andrew Surabian and Arthur Schwartz to “deliver documents by Jan. 24 and show up for filings between Jan. 31 and Feb. 2,” according to Political.
Andrew Surabian worked for the Trump 2020 campaign, while Arthur Schwartz served as close adviser to Donald Trump Jr. The committee also issued a summons to President Donald Trump’s speechwriter, Ross Worthington, who helped draft the president’s speech at the January 6 meeting. riot. Panel Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said the committee has “reason to believe” the three have “relevant information” regarding the January 6 riot.
The select committee seeks information from individuals involved in the Ellipse convention. Protests that day escalated into an attack on our democracy. We have reason to believe that the people we have convened today have relevant information and we expect them to join the more than 340 people who have spoken to the select committee as we push forward to examine this attack on our democracy and secure something similar ever. happens again.
Thompson stressed in his letters to Surabian and Schwartz that the committee wanted to investigate the couple’s contacts with numbers from Jan. 6: Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump spokeswoman Taylor Budowich, Trump adviser Katrina Pierson, Publix heir Julie Fancelli and GOP fundraiser Caroline Wren.
Daniel Bean, a lawyer for Surabian, said in a statement that although he would abide by the committee, it did not make much sense for them to issue a subpoena:
Although we plan to work with the committee within reason, we are confused as to why Mr Surabian is being sued in the first place. He had absolutely nothing to do with the events that were taking place [Capitol] that day, no involvement in organizing the convention that preceded it and which was off the payroll for the Trump campaign on November 15, 2020.
“During the time the demonstration was being organized, Mr. Surabian was overseeing a Super PAC in support of Republican Senate candidates in Georgia,” Bean added.
Bean also pointed out that Surabian is currently serving in a Super PAC that opposes the re-election of committee member, rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on January 6, suggesting the lawsuit is an attempt to silence political opponents.
“As a result, we believe this is nothing more than harassment by the committee’s political opponents and is un-American to the core,” Bean said.
– Andrew Surabian (uraSurabees) January 11, 2022
GOP fundraiser Caroline Wren also stated that “no two people had less to do with the events of DC on January 6 than Arthur Schwartz and Andy Surabian,” and claimed that the subpoena is “just another example of the select committee that tried to accuse and humiliate supporters of President Trump. “