The committee asked for all documents and communications between the White House and some of Mr Trump’s allies most involved in undermining the election, including Stephen K. Bannon, his former chief strategist; Michael T. Flynn, his former national security adviser; Rudolph W. Giuliani, who served as his attorney; and his longtime collaborator Roger J. Stone Jr.
The commission also seeks communications in the White House with Mike Lindell, the MyPillow executive and Mr Trump’s confidant, and attorney Sidney Powell, who have both been spreading lies and conspiracy theories about widespread voter fraud. And it demanded records of communications between the White House and Ali Alexander, who published the “Stop the Steal” rallies, as well as Tom Van Flein, the chief of staff for Representative Paul Gosar, the Republican from Arizona who helped promote them and tried to invalidating election votes for Mr. Biden on Jan. 6.
It also asked for data on extremist groups and militias present at the Capitol that day, including QAnon, the Proud Boys, Stop the Steal, the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.
The requests indicated that the commission intended to investigate Mr Trump’s press campaign on state officials to nullify the results of the election. Among the information sought was data from Republican state officials, including Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Secretary of State.
A request for documents is often the first step a congressional committee takes before issuing subpoenas to obtain documents.
The investigative pressure came as Michael A. Bolton, the Capitol Police Inspector General, continues his own internal investigation into security flaws on Jan. 6.
In his latest report, a summary of which was obtained by NewsMadura, Bolton criticized the agency’s communications during the attack, when officers said their urgent requests for help went unanswered.