Bannon is the only former Trump aide, adviser and rally organizer defying subpoena from Jan. 6 panel

cigaretteman

HR King
May 29, 2001
72,358
52,069
113

On the Hill​

Bannon only one of 19 not cooperating with Jan. 6 panel​

(Washington Post illustration; Thibault Camus/AP; iStock) (Washington Post illustration; Thibault Camus/AP; iStock)
All the committee's subpoenas: Of the 19 former Trump aides, advisers and rally organizers subpoenaed by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, only one — Steve Bannon — has so far refused to cooperate with the investigation.
That's something that committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) made clear this week ahead of the Tuesday vote to hold former president Donald Trump’s one-time adviser in contempt, saying in opening remarks that Bannon “stands alone in his complete defiance” of the panel’s subpoena.
The House is expected to vote today on the resolution to hold Bannon in contempt. And while it's likely to pass and be referred to the Justice Department, House GOP leadership has urged all Republican members vote ‘no' on the contempt resolution.
The Jan. 6 panel is collecting “thousands of pages of records” and “conducting interviews on a steady basis,” according to Thompson, underscoring the contrast between Bannon and other Trump aides.
So, The Early took a look at the people who are engaging with and cooperating with the investigation: (And more subpoenas are expected to come.)
(The Washington Post)
“Some Trump aides have scrambled in recent days to find lawyers to represent them, expecting protracted battles with the committee,” Jackie and our colleagues Tom Hamburger and Josh Dawsey reported. “Others have begun considering the option of testifying but not commenting on any interactions with Trump.”
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Pentagon official Kash Patel have been “engaging” with the probe, according to the panel, and were granted an extension to testify as their legal teams negotiate with the select committee. Former deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino and DOJ official Jeffrey Clark are also engaged, though it's still unclear what date Patel, Meadows and Scavino will reschedule their depositions for.
Eleven pro-Trump rally organizers have also been responsive to the panel. They include Amy Kremer, founder of Women for America First, and her daughter Kylie Jane Kremer.
The pair “face questions about reports that the group had concerns about the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally turning into an illegal and chaotic march on the Capitol,” we reported previously. “They may also be able to shed light on the degree to which the former president and his senior White House aides knew about their fears of chaos on Jan 6.”
Former Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson is also slated to appear before the committee next week. Pierson “reportedly served as an informal liaison between the White House and the rally on the Ellipse,” per our colleagues.
Ali Alexander, a right wing activist who organized the “Stop the Steal” rally and claims to have coordinated with Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), has been cooperating with the committee and has been granted an extension for responding to its requests, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
Baron Coleman, Alexander's lawyer, and Lyndon Brentnall, the owner of RMS Protective Services, the security firm that worked with the Kremers, have also been in touch with the committee, according to people familiar with the investigation.
The most recent subpoena went to Clark, who sought to deploy department resources to support Trump's false claims of massive voting fraud in the 2020 election.

Next steps​

What comes next for the sitting GOP lawmakers the committee has expressed interest in?
On Wednesday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) “struggled to answer questions about his communications with then-President Donald Trump during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, telling a House panel that he doesn’t recall the number of times he spoke with Trump that day,” our colleague Felicia Sonmez writes.
“He seemed very nervous and twitchy when people were asking him about his activities on Jan. 6 and during the days leading up to it,” committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said yesterday. As for why lawmakers like Jordan hasn't been subpoenaed, Raskin said the committee is taking it “one witness at a time.”
“There's a logic unfolding to the investigation and we're prepared to follow all the leads that are out there," he added.

 

lucas80

HR King
Gold Member
Jan 30, 2008
97,596
127,880
113
I've said this before, the big fish you see publicly defiant towards the committee had better be careful. There are people who are talking. Now, some of them are probably perjuring themselves, but, lawyers in DC are very pricey. Not all of the people being subpoenaed are going to find someone to pay for their lawyers. Plus, documents are coming in. Documents form their own narrative.
Bannon is literally the guy that Alfred warned Bruce Wayne about in The Dark Knight. The rest are negotiating in order to stall, to see what others are saying, and because they know that Trump will eventually throw them under the bus.
 
  • Like
Reactions: cigaretteman