Rep. Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonJan. 6 panel summonses Jeffrey Clark backing Trump’s efforts on DOJ Ex-Trump aide Dan Scavino finally served Jan. 6 subpoena: reports Trump advises 4 former aides to ignore subpoenas from Jan. 6 panel: report more (D-Miss.), The chairman of Parliament’s committee, which investigated the January 6 attack on the Capitol, does not rule out that the summons of former President TrumpDonald Trump Tim Scott takes in. 3 million in third quarter Trump calls for Take Back Virginia Rally to hype Youngkin Overnight Defense & National Security – Partisan extremism poses ‘growing problem’ among veterans MORE when asked about the possibility during an interview Thursday.
“Do you exclude or exclude the possibility of ultimately suing Trump?” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Thompson.
“Well, I want to say this at this point, Wolf, no one is without limits to a subpoena from this committee,” Thompson replied.
He added that “much of what we decide” about Trump will depend on how much information the Biden White House provides to the committee, despite Trump’s claims of executive privilege.
The White House on Wednesday formally rejected an attempt by Trump to exercise executive privilege over a set of documents requested by the panel.
“I appreciate the White House agreement to look at executive privileges and consider us with much of the information we want. Much of what we decide on former President Trump depends on what we find in this information, Thompson tells Blitzer.
“I believe that the Biden information and the conscious effort to ensure that we have access to certain information is crucial to what we do,” he added.
.@WolfBlitzer: “Do you exclude or exclude the possibility of ultimately suing trump? @BennieGThompson: “I want to say this at this point wolf, no one is without limits for a subpoena from this committee.”
Wolf: “I assume it also means the former president.” pic.twitter.com/KVXEZHjDIh
– Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) October 14, 2021
The president made a similar note in July when asked about potential subpoenas for Trump, former vice president Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard Pence Fewer than 4 out of 10 say the US is on the right track: poll Trump has 35-point lead over DeSantis, Pence in new poll What’s at stake if Trump wins in 2024? One-party authoritarian rule MORE and other White House officials who tell PBS NewsHour: “If the facts themselves lead us to a person, we will not hesitate to bring them before the committee.”
While there is no guarantee that the committee will eventually sue Trump, the former president is already ready for a legal battle if the panel requests documents and his testimony.
Trump promised in a statement last month to “fight the summonses on Executive Privilege and other reasons” and claimed that such a move would be “for the benefit of the country.”
Legal experts, however disagree whether the former president’s claim for executive privilege would hold in court.
Thompson’s comment came hours after the committee announced it plans to refer ex-Trump White House strategist Stephen Bannon to criminal prosecution after failing to comply with a subpoena before the deadline.
Bannon refuses to provide requested documents and testimony, citing a case not yet filed by Trump claiming that the materials in the lawsuit are protected by executive privilege.
Reports surfaced last week that Trump was advises four of his former aides, including Bannon, to defy the subpoenas they received from the panel.
The selection committee shall draw up a report describing the efforts made by the panel to comply with the subpoena on Bannon and his failure to do so. It will then go to Parliament for a vote.
If approved, the Department of Justice will then be tasked with stepping in and deciding how aggressively it will pursue Bannon. This decision is likely to be made by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC and top attorneys in the main Department of Justice.
Thompson on Thursday rejected Bannon’s claim that his testimony is protected by executive privilege.
“You can not say that Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonJudge Says Baltimore Can’t Block Catholic Media Group’s Summit January 6 Panel Summons Jeffrey Clark, who supports Trump’s efforts at the DOJ Bannon’s lawsuit snub, makes a big decision for Biden DOJ MORE had to hide behind executive privileges since he was not even the government. “Just because former President Trump says so is not the law,” he told Blitzer.
Bannon did not serve in the administration on January 6th.
In addition to Bannon, the select committee also has sent subpoenas to Trump’s former chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Meadows What’s at stake if Trump wins in 2024? Single-party authoritarian rule The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Altria – Political cross-currents persist for Biden, Dems Trump, election and January 6: What you may have missed this week MORE, former Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino and Kashyap Patel, the former Chief of Staff for then-Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller.
Meadows and Patel have so far been “engaging” in the committee, Thompson and Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThiel supports Trump-backed challenger to Cheney: reports GOP leader’s remarks on Fox underscore Trump’s power Cheney raises .7 million in third quarter MORE (R-Wyo.) Revealed in a statement last week.
Meadows, Patel and Scavino have all received brief postponements by the committee for their deposits, which were scheduled for this week, according to. CNN.
Latest committee requested records and testimony from Jeffrey Clark, an ally of Trump and a former employee of the Department of Justice who urged its leaders to investigate Trump’s allegations of electoral fraud.
In a letter to Clark, Thompson wrote that the panel’s investigation “has revealed credible evidence that you were trying to involve the Department of Justice in the effort to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power.”
“You suggested that the department send a letter to state lawmakers in Georgia and other states proposing that they delay the certification of their election results and hold a press conference announcing that the department is investigating allegations of voter fraud,” the letter added.
Updated at 19:36