(FiveNation.com)- The House special committee investigating the attacks on the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021, has issued new subpoenas to Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle, the fiancé of Donald Trump Jr.
In addition to these subpoenas to former President Donald Trump’s child and his future daughter-in-law, the committee has obtained records from phone numbers that were associated with both of them.
This is the first time that the committee decided to issue a subpoena to a member of Trump’s family. That is a significant escalation to the committee’s investigation into the role the former president may have played in the insurrection of last January 6.
The committee is taking a very aggressive approach in trying to gather information and uncover more details about the former president’s potential role in the incident — or that of people close to him.
The phone records the committee was able to obtain are basically logs that show both outgoing and incoming calls. Along with that log are the time and date of the calls, as well as how long they took.
The records also include a log of all text messages, but they don’t include the content or substance of these messages.
The committee believes even this baseline information could prove valuable to its investigation, as it could help them cobble together some type of road map of what people were communicating with each as they events were going on, as well as before and after them.
Both Eric Trump and Guilfoyle spoke at the “Stop the Steal” rally that was held on January 6 before the attendees proceeded to the Capitol building, eventually breaching it.
The House committee is apparently hoping that these phone records will help them get a clearer picture of what might have gone on that day, and before and after it, too. They have already obtained these types of records from organizers of the rally as well as fundraisers, in addition to that of Mark Meadows, the former chief of staff of the White House.
CNN has reported that, in total, the House committee has subpoenaed similar phone records for more than 100 people.
Some of the telecommunication companies that have been subpoenaed have notified those targets of the subpoenas. In those cases, many lawsuits have been initiated to attempt to prevent the House committee from obtaining those private records.
As of yet, CNN reports that there isn’t any indication that the House committee has subpoenaed either Guilfoyle or Eric Trump directly for any documents or interviews. There’s no evidence, either, that the House committee has issued a subpoena for similar phone records for the former president’s other children, Trump Jr. or Ivanka Trump, or for Jared Kushner, who is married to Ivanka.
Before he stopped cooperating with the House committee, Meadows gave them text messages he exchanged with Trump Jr. as the events of January 6 unfolded. The committee then released many of those messages to the public.