Select Committee Demands Information from Witnesses Who Promoted Unsupported Claims of Election Fraud

Mar 1, 2022

Washington—Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) today announced that, as part of its investigation into the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol and its causes, the Select Committee has issued subpoenas to six individuals who promoted false claims that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent and participated in, or encouraged, various actions based on those false claims. The committee is seeking records and testimony from these six individuals.

Chairman Thompson issued the following statement:

“The Select Committee is seeking information about attempts to disrupt or delay the certification of electoral votes and any efforts to corruptly change the outcome of the 2020 election. The six individuals we've subpoenaed today all have knowledge related to those matters and will help the Select Committee better understand all the various strategies employed to potentially affect the outcome of the election. We expect these witnesses to join the hundreds who have cooperated with the Select Committee as we work to provide the American people with answers about the violence of January 6th and its causes.”

The Select Committee issued subpoenas for records and deposition testimony to the following individuals:

Cleta Mitchell participated in efforts to prevent, delay, or overturn election results; promoted false claims of election fraud to Members of Congress; and participated in a call in which former President Trump pressured the Georgia Secretary of State to “find” enough votes to reverse his loss there. Ms. Mitchell was in contact with then-President Trump on January 6th and the days prior.

Kenneth Chesebro actively promoted legal theories within the Trump campaign supporting the use of slates of bogus electors in states the former President lost.

Christina Bobb was reportedly involved in efforts to draft an executive order for then-President Trump that would have directed federal agencies to seize voting machines in numerous states and was present in the “war room” of Rudy Giuliani’s legal team in the Willard Hotel on January 6th.

Katherine Friess was reportedly involved in efforts to draft an executive order for then-President Trump that would have directed federal agencies to seize voting machines and at one point traveled to Michigan in an attempt to obtain voting machine data directly from local officials.

Kurt Olsen reportedly prepared a draft executive order for then-President Trump that would have directed the Department of Justice to “take voter action,” and had multiple phone calls with the then-President on January 6th.

Phillip Kline convened a meeting between then-President Trump and more than 300 state legislators in an attempt to disseminate purported evidence of election fraud and encourage legislators to sign a letter urging Vice President Mike Pence to delay the electoral certification on January 6th.

The letters to the witnesses can be found here:

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