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Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Giuliani, three other Trump attorneys

Continuing to focus on those closest to Trump, the Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed four members of the former president's legal team Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CN) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection issued subpoenas for former President Donald Trump's ex-legal counsel Rudy Giuliani and three other lawyers who promoted and aided the attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

In addition to Giuliani, the committee is calling for testimony from Jenna Ellis, an attorney who the committee says wrote and circulated memos about the vice president's ability to reject state electors. The committee also subpoenaed Sidney Powell, a lawyer who joined Trump's legal team in 2020 and became a public face for his false election claims, and Boris Epshteyn, a strategist and lawyer who was in close communication with the president on Jan. 6.

"The four individuals we’ve subpoenaed today 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. We expect these individuals to join the nearly 400 witnesses who have spoken with the Select Committee as the committee works to get answers for the American people about the violent attack on our democracy," committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, said in a statement.

A subpoena calling for Giuliani's testimony says he was in contact with Trump and multiple members of Congress about strategies for delaying and overturning the election results.

The committee's subpoenas also said Powell and Giuliani urged the President to seize voting machines to search for evidence of election tampering since it was outside of the Department of Homeland Security's authority.

Epshteyn participated in a call with Trump on the morning of Jan. 6 during which options on how to delay the certification if Vice President Mike Pence refused to intervene were discussed, according to a subpoena from the committee.

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