Donald Trump has been fighting hard to keep certain documents out of the hands of the House Select Committee. These include visitor and phone logs for the White House for January 6th and the time period leading up to the rallies and attack that day. One particularly interesting call the committee would like to know more about was reportedly made by then-president Trump, to the Willard Hotel, where election-denying allies were stationed.
According to the Guardian, committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) was able to confirm that this particular call is a subject of interest, as the committee hopes to find out whether Trump or any of his inner circle had advance knowledge (or input in the planning) of the attack on Congress.
The Washington Post reported months ago that the Willard Hotel was the location of a “command center” for the group trying to overturn the election, where a group of Trump allies including Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon, and John Eastman — the author of the memo describing ways to change the election outcome after the fact.
According to Newsweek, Bannon himself has admitted to meetings attempting to “kill the Biden presidency,” specifically sharing a news clip on his podcast in which the WIllard Hotel was described as the location for some of this planning.
Trump isn’t the only one trying to keep information out of the hands of Congress, either. Bannon, for one, has been indicted for refusing to cooperate with a subpoena, and others in the Trump camp have made similar efforts to dodge their own calls to testify.
Now the matter awaits judgment by the Supreme Court, to whom the former President has appealed, pleading to have his White House records protected from scrutiny.
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