Steve Bannon is “not required to respond” to a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol as a result of former President Donald Trump says their communications are protected by government privilege, his lawyer claimed in a letter Wednesday.
Trump’s lawyer advised Bannon that the ex-president “is exercising his executive privilege” and instructed him “not to produce documents or testify until the issue of executive privilege is resolved,” lawyer Robert Costello wrote.
In his letter to choose committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Costello additionally referred to as “your use of the word ‘defiance’” in regard to Bannon’s stance “inappropriate,” and added that Trump’s former marketing campaign CEO and White House strategist “will revisit his position if President Trump’s position changes or if a court rules on this matter.”
Last week, Trump hinted at a authorized battle after the White House mentioned his declare of government privilege over data maintained by the National Archives was “not warranted,” and that another points can be handled “on a case-by-case basis.”
Bannon’s transfer — which got here after he beforehand indicated he wouldn’t adjust to the subpoena — is predicted to immediate the committee to search his prosecution for legal contempt, CNN reported Thursday, citing sources accustomed to the plan.
It’s unclear when the committee would formally refer the matter to the US Justice Department, however it may begin taking the preliminary steps shortly after Thursday’s deadline expires, CNN mentioned.
Bannon is one in all 4 former Trump aides who had been slapped with subpoenas final month.
The others are former White House chief of workers Mark Meadows, former deputy chief of workers for communications Dan Scavino and former Pentagon official Kash Patel.
Meadows and Patel have been “engaging” with the committee, officers have mentioned, and Scavino — Trump’s former golf caddie-turned-social media director — was solely just lately served together with his subpoena, which possible pushed again his deadline to reply, in accordance to CNN.
On Thursday, the committee issued a subpoena in opposition to former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, with Thompson writing there was “credible evidence that you attempted to involve the Department of Justice in efforts to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power.”
That subpoena set an Oct. 29 deadline for Clark to submit paperwork and seem for a deposition.
A complete of 19 subpoenas have been issued, together with 11 in opposition to organizers of the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the storming of the Capitol by lots of of Trump supporters making an attempt to stop congressional certification of President Biden’s electoral victory.