“The Select Committee has revealed credible evidence of your involvement in events within the scope of the Select Committee’ inquiry,” Thompson wrote in the letter to Meadows, saying he has “critical information regarding many elements of our inquiry.”
The letters cite a mix of news reports and documents obtained by the committee to suggest that the aides have information relevant to their investigation. For example, in the letter to Steve Bannon — the longtime boss of Breitbart News who helped lead Trump’s 2016 campaign in its final months — the committee cited passages from “Peril,” the new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, as a basis for seeking his testimony.
The issuance of subpoenas marks a sharp escalation in the two-month-old committee’s activity. The panel is bracing for resistance from these particular witnesses — Thompson and other committee members indicated that they would issue immediate subpoenas to those they felt would be “recalcitrant.”
Patel, a veteran of House Intel Ranking Member Devin Nunes’ staff before Trump tapped him for a series of high-profile national security jobs, was the chief of staff to Defense Secretary Christopher Miller in the waning days of the Trump administration. The panel says it believes he has documents that would reveal the White House’s involvement in “preparing for and responding to the attack on the U.S. Capitol.”
The committee also cites “Peril” as a basis for calling Scavino, who noted that the book suggested Scavino was at Trump’s side the night before the Jan. 6 insurrection and helped Trump develop his messaging in the run-up to the certification of the Electoral College.
“It also appears that you were with or in the vicinity of former President Trump on Jan. 6 and are a witness regarding his activities that day,” Thompson wrote.