The Jan. 6 selection committee drops its subpoena for RNC donation information

The Jan. 6 selection committee is dropping its subpoena for RNC donation information as it prepares for at least one more hearing this month

  • The Jan. 6 selection committee officially withdrew its subpoena to gather information from the RNC and former President Donald Trump
  • “Given the current status of his investigations … there is no longer a need to pursue the specific information requested in the February 23, 2022 subpoena.”
  • Comes as the panel prepares for at least one more hearing this month
  • “The fact that the vast majority of this money was raised as part of Stop the Steal, with no intention of ‘stopping the theft’ worried some members of the panel

The Jan. 6 special committee is no longer trying to force the Republican National Committee (RNC) to release fundraising data.

The RNC’s attorney and Salesforce, a software vendor, were notified this week, people familiar with the development told The Washington Post that the panel is officially withdrawing its subpoena.

The subpoena, issued earlier this year, requested records from Salesforce of performance metrics and analytics related to email campaigns by Donald Trump, his re-election campaign and the RNC.

It comes as the panel prepares for at least one more hearing later this month.

The committee announced at the end of its series of prime-time television hearings this summer that more would be forthcoming in the fall.

The Jan. 6 selection committee officially withdrew its subpoena seeking information from the Republican National Committee (RNC) and former President Donald Trump

The Jan. 6 selection committee officially withdrew its subpoena seeking information from the Republican National Committee (RNC) and former President Donald Trump

One of the two members of the GOP panel, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, said in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press last week that the fundraising effort being conducted by the former president and his campaign after the 2020 election is a cause for concern.

“The fact that the vast majority of this money was raised as part of ‘Stop the Steal,’ with no intention of ‘stopping the steal,’ worried panel members,” Kinzinger said in the interview.

House General Counsel Douglas Letter informs the parties of the motion to dismiss the case in an email reviewed by The Post.

“Given the current status of its investigation, the Special Committee Inquiry into the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol has determined that it is no longer necessary to pursue the specific information requested in the February 23, 2022 subpoena , which he issued to Salesforce,” the email reads.

Back in May, a judge ruled that the Jan. 6 panel had the right to receive the fundraising data from the RNC and former President Trump.

“We’ve been saying this entire time that this subpoena is unconstitutional,” RNC spokeswoman Emma Vaughn said after the subpoena was withdrawn.

“This is a victory for freedom of expression, privacy and Americans’ right to political association without fear of partisan reprisals,” she added in a statement.

The Jan. 6 panel argued in the RNC bid to block the subpoena earlier this year that fundraising efforts after the 2020 presidential election helped fuel the rhetoric that led to the Capitol riots.

From June 9 to July 21 of this year, the nine-member special committee held televised hearings to argue that Trump’s rhetoric and actions contributed to the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.

At the last hearing that Chair Benny Thompson attended virtually with a COVID case, the panel announced there would be more hearings in September.

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Andrew Kugle

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