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Northeast Ohio congressional candidate Max Miller subpoenaed by January 6 committee

Miller will be seeking to replace Rep. Anthony Gonzalez as the representative for Ohio's 16th Congressional District next year.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former Trump aide and 2022 congressional candidate in Northeast Ohio, Max Miller, has been subpoenaed by the U.S. House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection.

Miller is one of six people subpoenaed who the panel says were involved in the organization and planning of rallies that aimed to overturn Donald Trump's defeat in the 2020 presidential election. The committee says Miller met with Trump in his private dining room on Jan. 4.

In a statement issued late Thursday, Miller said he will defend his rights in what he describes as a partisan endeavor.

“Upon taking office, I will make sure one of my first votes is to disband this partisan committee that has weaponized its powers against innocent Americans,” he said. “Ohioans are tired of watching D.C.’s witch hunts and political theater while the country burns.”

Miller added that he will "accept service of this subpoena, but I will defend my rights just as I will defend the rights of my constituents when elected." Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon has been indicted for Contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate with the investigation. Ex-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is suing to block his subpoena.

Former President Donald Trump encouraged Miller, his former White House and campaign aide, to run and has endorsed his bid to represent Ohio's 16th Congressional District. 

Initially, Miller aimed to unseat fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, but the one-time GOP rising star dropped out of contention in September after facing pushback for voting to impeach the former president for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Miller grew up in Northeast Ohio and graduated from Cleveland State University. and currently serves on the board of trustees for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He says his campaign will focus on combating the ongoing opioid epidemic and helping middle class workers who were "abandoned...in favor of cheap, exploitative foreign labor."

Also, Miller is suing ex-girlfriend and former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham for defamation after she came forward with allegations of abuse. Grisham alleges that Miller physically abused her on the day they broke up. 

3News' Tyler Carey and Marisa Saenz contributed to this report

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