Former President Donald Trump
According to media reports, former US President Donald Trump wants to prevent many of his former advisers from testifying before a congressional inquiry into the January 6 attack on US capital. The US portal “Politico” and the “Washington Post” reported on Thursday that they had asked Mark Meadows, Cash Patel, Don Scavino and Steve Bannon not to contribute to the US House of Representatives’ investigation.
In a letter to four former advisers, Trump’s lawyers argued that Trump’s contacts and related documents were protected by administrative privileges and the protection of attorney-client relationships and should therefore not be made public.
Hours before the media reports, the US Senate had submitted a report on Trump’s decision to undermine the powers of the judiciary in his presidency and his efforts to combat the electoral defeat of today’s President Joe Biden.
Trump did not acknowledge his election defeat in November. When Congress wanted to certify Biden’s election victory in Washington on January 6, he repeated the allegation of massive election fraud in front of supporters. Trump called on his audience to march to the Capitol and “fight hell.”
As a result, hundreds of radical Trump supporters besieged the parliament building. Five people were killed in the violence, including one by a police officer and one by a Trump supporter.
Lawn was then the chief executive of Trump’s White House. Scavino was involved in Trump’s online networking activities and Patel served as Trump’s national security adviser. The group also summoned former Trump adviser Steve Penn, who had a long break with the president in January but continued to play a role in Republican political activities.
The Parliamentary Inquiry into Capital Storm has asked the grassroots, Scavino, Patel and Benon to hand over the documents by the end of September by Thursday. They are due to appear in Congress next week for a hearing.
Whether Trump can use the administrative concessions of his last weeks to prevent his former advisers from releasing a statement is legally controversial. A case related to this could delay the congressional hearing on the Capitol attack.
Democrat Adam Schiff, a member of the investigative committee, warned on Twitter that witnesses on the online service would face criminal prosecution if they refused to testify. “Americans deserve answers,” Schiff stressed. “We’ll make sure they get it.”