CBS News learned that William Russell, a close adviser to former President Donald Trump, received a summons on Wednesday.In the January 6 Capitol riot and attempts to reverse the election.
Russell, 31, was often seen by Trump’s side, serving as the White House’s deputy director of advances and the trip director. He was with the former president for some time of the day on January 6, 2021, and moved to Florida to continue working for Trump after his presidency.
FBI personnel went to Russell’s Florida home Wednesday morning for questioning, but he was out, according to a person familiar with the matter. Later, investigators reached out to him over phone and summoned him through email.
Russell’s attorney, Derek Ross, did not respond to a request for comment.
In July, Mark Short, a top aide to former Vice President Mike Pence, testified under subpoena before a grand jury as part of the government’s investigation. Former White House attorneys Pat Cipollone and Pat Philbin also appeared before the grand jury in the case.
Russell, a Mississippi native, began working at the White House in 2017.
federal investigatorTrump’s handling of classified and presidential records. a judge in that case or independent third parties, assigned to investigate thousands of items seized by the FBI in its Aug. 8 search at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.