Former President Donald Trump’s aides are ready to resist subpoenas to the House select committee that is investigating the Capitol Riot on January 6th.
The Guardian, citing a single source ‘familiar with the matter,’ says each of the four aides – former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former adviser Steve Bannon, former communications official Dan Scavino, and former Defense Department official Kash Patel – are planning to resist the orders.
The report indicates that each will be defying the subpoenas at Trump’s direction and “would mark the first major investigative hurdle faced by the select committee.”
The Democrat-led panel issued the subpoenas in late September because the four top aides had been “working in or had communications with the White House on or in the days leading up to the January 6th insurrection.”
Committee member Adam Schiff (D-CA) previosuly warned that any of the Trump allies who do not comply with the subpoenas will be guilty of “criminal contempt.”
BREAKING NEWS: Newsmax learned that the former president Donald Trump will invoke executive privilege against subpoenas issued by the House select committee into the Jan. 6 events at the U.S. Capitol. The House select committee is preventing former Trump White House advisers from testifying. @stinchfield1776 pic.twitter.com/b8eJ7S8pQF
— Newsmax (@newsmax) October 7, 2021
RELATED: Pelosi’s January 6 Committee Subpoenas Four Trump Aides
Trump may defy subpoenas of the Capitol Committee
The Guardian report indicates that the former President’s aides, at Trump’s direction, will defy the subpoenas based on executive privilege grounds.
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“Increasingly concerned with the far-reaching nature of the 6 January investigation, Trump and his legal team …are moving to instruct the attorneys for the subpoenaed aides to defy the orders,” the outlet writes.
Trump said in a statement made at the time that subpoenas had been issued, that he might invoke this measure.
“We will fight the subpoenas on executive privilege and other grounds, for the good of our Country,” Trump wrote.
Meanwhile, he added, “we wait to find out whether or not subpoenas will be sent out to Antifa and BLM for the death and destruction they have caused in tearing apart our Democrat-run cities throughout America.”
SCOOP: Source tells me Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and top aides Scavino, Bannon and Patel are set to defy Jan. 6 committee subpoenas — under instructions from Trump. @GuardianUS https://t.co/a8hQtm5zJ0
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) October 6, 2021
RELATED: FBI had an informant in Capitol Riot Crowd. He denies that attack was planned
Fighting back against the Committee
According to a Wednesday report, at least one Trump top aide, Dan Scavino is not cooperating in the investigation into the Capitol Riot.
“More than a week after subpoenaing former aide to President Trump Dan Scavino to cooperate with its investigation into the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, the House select committee has been unable to physically serve the subpoena to him,” CNN reports.
Ich stand for @DanScavinoIt’s possible!
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) October 6, 2021
Representative Liz Cheney, serving as one of two ‘Never Trump’ Republicans on the committee, said she’s been privately encouraged by colleagues to keep attacking President Trump and his supporters.
“Yes,” Cheney replied when asked if GOP members had ‘whispered’ support in her ears..
She went on to claim “a lot” of GOP lawmakers were cheering her on “both in the House and the Senate.”
Cheney expressed optimism about Trump’s willingness to testify in July.
“They deserve to know about every phone call that was made in and out of the White House, every meeting, every discussion that was had that day in the White House as the Capitol building was under attack,” she said.
Her surprise may not be what she expected. https://t.co/XNUwpwGDYq
— ThePoliticalInsider (@TPInsidr) September 30, 2021
Many of those on the left believe that the committee exists only to entertain.
According to Reuters’ August report, there was little evidence suggesting that the Capitol Riot was a coordinated attack of the pro Trump crowd.
“The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials,” Reuters wrote.
The Political Insider reported last week that the FBI had an informant in the crowd during the Jan 6 Capitol Riot.
The FBI informant, according to confidential records obtained by the New York Times, insisted that the events unfolded spontaneously as part of a “mob consumed by a herd mentality rather than carrying out any type of preplanned attack.”
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