The attack on the Capitol by supporters of then US President Donald Trump on January 6 shocked the world. A committee is investigating the incident – and has now summoned four confidants of Trump.

The US House of Representatives special committee investigating the deadly January 6 riots in the Capitol has summoned four former members of Donald Trump’s administration. As the chairman of the committee, Bennie Thompson, announced in a statement on Thursday (local time), it is Trump’s then chief of staff at the White House, Mark Meadows, his deputy Dan Scavino, Trump’s adviser Steve Bannon and the former employee of the Department of Defense, Kash Patel.

The four men had been instructed to appear for questioning, Thompson said. A Meadows representative said he declined to comment. Bannon and Scavino could not be reached so far. Patel said in a statement that he was disappointed but not surprised that the committee issued a subpoena instead of asking for his volunteer assistance.

Trump had incited his supporters

In Washington at the beginning of January protests by supporters of the outgoing US President Donald Trump against Joe Biden’s election victory escalated with an unprecedented storm on parliament. Trump supporters broke police barriers in droves and entered the Capitol while Senators and MPs were in the process of formally confirming Biden’s November victory. The meeting rooms had to be evacuated. Five people died in the attack. More than 600 people have been charged in connection with the storming of the Capitol.

Trump had to face impeachment proceedings for the attack because he had previously incited his supporters in a speech. At the end of the trial, however, the Republican was acquitted. The committee in the US House of Representatives is to investigate the background to the attack on the Capitol. The establishment of the investigative body was already the subject of fierce party political disputes.

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