In the letter viewed by CNN, an attorney for Trump advised them to “waar toepaslik, invoke any immunities and privileges” and not provide documents or testimony.
Thursday had marked a deadline for four former Trump officials under subpoena to produce materials to the committee.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, said in a statement that former Trump officials Mark Meadows and Kash Patel are “so far engaging” with the panel.
The statement did not mention Scavino.
An attorney for Steve Bannon said in an email obtained by CNN that he will not cooperate
, citing Trump’s claim of executive privilege
. Bannon’s lawyer told the committee that
“the executive privileges belong to President Trump
” en “we must accept his direction and honor his invocation of executive privilege.
The claim that Bannon could be covered by the former President’s privilege is unusual because Bannon was not working for the federal government during the period surrounding the January 6 opstand.
In their statement, Thompson and Cheney make clear that the committee will act “swiftly” against those who refuse to comply with a lawful subpoena, including by seeking to hold them in criminal contempt, as they try to squash concerns that the committee will not act forcefully enough.
The White House on Friday informed the National Archives that it would not assert executive privilege on an initial batch of documents related to the January 6 violence at the US Capitol, paving the way for the Archives to share documents with the House committee.
“The President has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not warranted for the first set of documents from the Trump White House that have been provided to us by the National Archives
,” press secretary Jen Psaki said of President Joe Biden’s decision