The action might prohibit onetime aides from testifying as
claimed by a letter filed by attorneys for the former president. The letter was
sent to at least some witnesses who had been summoned by the House committee,
and it seems obvious that Trump intends to utilize presidential communications
powers to keep them from being shared with Congress.
The substance of the letter was detailed on Thursday by a
person who has seen it and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of
anonymity because the letter had not yet been made public.
Trump’s spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests
The action sets the groundwork for a potential battle with
House Democrats, who are probing Trump and his associates’ participation in the
run-up to the riot, which occurred as Congress was certifying the results of
Democrat Joe Biden‘s presidential election victory.
The committee sent subpoenas to Mark Meadows, Donald Trump’s
former chief of staff, Dan Scavino, Trump’s former deputy chief of staff for
communications, Kashyap Patel, a former Defense Department employee, and Steve
Bannon, a former Trump advisor, last month.
The existence of the letter was first revealed by Politico
on Thursday, the committee’s deadline for compliance. It was unclear how
witnesses would react to Trump’s decision to assert executive privilege, or
what the repercussions would be if they refused to participate.
A mob of President Donald Trump supporters attacked the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021. They tried to
sabotage President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election by
disrupting the joint session of Congress that was convened to tally electoral
(With the Associated Press inputs)