Former Trump press secretary named to appear in Congress probe into US Capitol attack – Reuters

Former US President Donald Trump arrives for the daily coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak task force briefing as White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere opens the door for him at the White House in Washington, U.S. April 24, 2020. REUTERS/ Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

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WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating last year’s deadly Capitol riot has issued a subpoena against Judd Deere, who was one communications aides to former President Donald Trump, CNN reported Friday.

The committee is seeking documents and a deposition next month from Deere, which helped “frame (the) White House response to the Jan. 6 attack as it occurred,” CNN reported, citing a letter accompanying the summons.

Deere was the primary conduit between Trump’s communications team and President Joe Biden’s during the transition period leading up to Biden’s inauguration on January 20, 2021. He was the final press spokesman on the wing west when Trump left that day.

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Deere was not immediately available for comment.

Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, after repeating to a nearby rally his false claims that his election defeat was the result of widespread fraud.

Earlier this month, the House committee subpoenaed Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, along with two other Trump lawyers. Read more

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Reporting by Rami Ayyub; Editing by Leslie Adler and Cynthia Osterman

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