Former Trump aide appears before US House probe of January 6 riot

Stephen Miller, who served as a top aide to former US President Donald Trump, appeared virtually on Thursday before a congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol, according to news reports.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Miller was a senior adviser for policy during the Trump administration and a central figure in many of the Republican president’s decisions. He had filed a lawsuit last month seeking to quash a subpoena from the House of Representatives for his phone records.

People familiar with Miller’s appearance before the committee spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private testimony, according to The Associated Press and NBC News.

The nine-member panel had subpoenaed the former Trump adviser in November along with Trump political adviser Steve Bannon and former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

Miller’s testimony comes after the former president’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, spoke with House investigators who are nearing completion of their formal probe that began eight months ago. The House committee is planning to launch a series of public hearings to lay out its findings beginning as soon as late April, committee members have said.

Miller had “by his own account participated in efforts to spread false information about alleged voter fraud” and encouraged “state legislatures to alter the outcome of the 2020 presidential election by appointing alternate electors”, the committee said when he was subpoenaed.

Representative Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the panel, has said that Miller helped prepare Trump’s remarks for a rally on the Ellipse that preceded the January 6 insurrection and was with Trump when he spoke.

In the days after Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, Miller had been part of a small group of Trump political operatives who decided to push false claims the election had been tainted by fraud, according to reporting by The New York Times.

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