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OANN host, former state legislator among those subpoenaed by Jan. 6 panel

Panel wants to talk to witnesses who drafted executive orders for the former president

Cleta Mitchell appears with President Donald Trump at the White House on Aug. 18, 2020.
Cleta Mitchell appears with President Donald Trump at the White House on Aug. 18, 2020. (Tia Dufour/Courtesy White House Archived/Flickr)

A One America News Network host and a conservative lawyer who participated in a call where former President Donald Trump pressured the Georgia secretary of state to “find” votes are among six people who were subpoenaed Tuesday by the House committee examining the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol. 

The latest batch of subpoenas asks for documents and testimony from witnesses who promoted unsupported claims of election fraud in the 2020 presidential election and encouraged actions to overturn the election results in favor of Trump.

Cleta Mitchell, a conservative lawyer and former Oklahoma state representative, participated in a call wherein Trump pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to reverse his defeat in the state. Mitchell, the committee says, was in contact with Trump on Jan. 6 and in the days before.

Christina Bobb, a host at One America News Network, participated in efforts to draft an executive order for Trump that would have directed federal agencies to seize voting machines in contested states to gather evidence of purported election fraud. She was also reportedly at the “war room” of Rudy Giuliani’s legal team in the Willard Hotel in Washington on Jan. 6, Chairman Bennie Thompson said in his letter to Bobb. After the 2020 election Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney who has already been subpoenaed by the panel, went on a tour around the country claiming the election was corrupted.  

Katherine Freiss was also reportedly involved in an effort to draft an executive order for Trump that would have seized voting machines. She also traveled to Michigan to get voting machine data from local officials, the panel says.

Kenneth Chesebro promoted legal theories with Trump’s campaign to use alternate slates of electors in states Trump lost. Chesebro also participated in efforts that he told the campaign would make the public believe the election in Wisconsin was “likely rigged, and stolen by Biden and Harris, who were not legitimately elected,” according to documents the committee says it has on file.

Kurt Olsen reportedly prepared a draft executive order for Trump that would have directed the Justice Department “to take voter action.” He also had phone calls with Trump on the day of the attack, the committee said.

Phillip Kline organized a meeting between Trump and over 300 state lawmakers to spread false election fraud evidence. Kline also encouraged the legislators to sign a letter urging former Vice President Mike Pence to delay the certification of the Electoral College votes.

“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,” Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, said in a statement. “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.”

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