The House select committee investigating the Capitol riot announced Tuesday it had subpoenaed former New York City mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani for documents and testimony related to his claims that voter fraud cost the 45th president the 2020 election.
In addition to Giuliani, the committee subpoenaed former Trump campaign attorneys Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis, as well as Trump 2020 strategic adviser Boris Epshteyn.
In a statement, committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said the four had “advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former President about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes.”
In a separate letter to Giuliani, Thompson cited the former mayor’s reported insistence that Trump order the seizure of voting machines after Giuliani was informed that the Department of Homeland Security did not have the authority to carry out such a move.
Thompson also said that Giuliani “actively promoted claims of election fraud on behalf of former President Trump and sought to convince state legislators to take steps to overturn the election results.”
Giuliani took on a leading role in disputing the 2020 election results on Trump’s behalf, holding a bizarre press conference in Philadelphia the Saturday after Election Day at which he claimed that “Will Smith’s father has voted here twice since he has died.”
“The same thing was done in Georgia, the same thing was done in Michigan, the same thing was done in North Carolina,” he charged. “Seems to me somebody from the DNC sent out a note saying, ‘Don’t let the Republicans look at those mail-in ballots.’”
In subsequent days and weeks, Giuliani went so far as to travel to states where Trump had disputed the election results, insisting that Biden was not the true winner.
Ellis and Powell often appeared alongside Giuliani at press conferences to allege widespread fraud. In one notorious instance, Powell claimed machines used by Dominion Voting Systems switched voter selections from Trump to Biden with the help of Smartmatic software.
That assertion led the Trump campaign to distance themselves from Powell and triggered a $1.3 billion lawsuit against her and Giuliani by the company.
The committee wants to speak to Ellis, meanwhile, about two memos she reportedly drafted outlining how Vice President Mike Pence could reject the slates of electors submitted to Congress in states where Trump believed he had won.
Pence’s refusal to take such action led Trump to rage against his second-in-command on Twitter as his supporters burst into the Capitol chanting “Hang Mike Pence!”
Epshteyn reportedly attended meetings at the Willard Hotel in the days leading up to the violence at the Capitol. The committee said Epshteyn had a call with Trump on the morning of Jan. 6, 2021, to discuss options to delay the certification of election results in the event of Pence’s unwillingness to deny or delay the process.
The letter gave all four until Feb. 1 to produce documents and scheduled a deposition for Feb. 8.
With Post wires