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Trump Associates Who Received Jan 6th Committee Subpoenas Face Choice Between Loyalty and Legality

As the deadline to respond to the January 6th Select Committee’s subpoenas draws closer, expect those members of Donald Trump’s inner circle to remain silent until the last possible minute.

According to a new report from Politico, the first real big clash between the House select committee investigating the Jan 6th Capitol riot and four key members of Trump’s team will play out on Thursday when the four subpoenaed officials–Mark Meadows, Dan Bongino, Kash Patel, and Steve Bannon–need to respond to the committee whether they plan to comply or not. None of the four has publicly signaled how they will respond to the subpoena, and Patel has issued a statement criticizing the committee’s process. Trump has also not issued any public statement to indicate how he might respond to a Select Committee subpoena, although he has already attempted to invoke Executive Privilege to be protected from such an inquisition.

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On Friday Select Committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) drew a line in the sand, stating he was more than willing to issue “criminal referrals” to the Department of Justice to anyone who ignores the subpoena deadline.

According to Politico, the committee has been hearing secret testimony from other members of the previous administration that “could be sprung on the Trump higher-ups should they finally be compelled to answer questions under threat of a DOJ referral”.

On Sunday, Politico’s Betsy Woodruff Swan reported that the subpoenaed Trump officials could face up to one year in jail and a six-figure fine should the DOJ hand down any criminal indictments. Trump is currently attempting to block the National Archives from releasing records from his White House that could shed light on his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results. Some of Trump’s closest aides have until Thursday to comply with a committee subpoena for their own records.

Select Committee members are already expecting these witnesses won’t willingly cooperate — one of the reasons the panel issued subpoenas without offering them a chance to voluntarily provide documents or testimony.

“The committee is determined to follow every conceivable end,” said member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD). “There were literally thousands of people involved in these events. So we’re convinced that the truth is going to come out.”



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