A new report reveals former President Trump will invoke executive privilege to block Nancy Pelosi’s January 6th committee’s subpoenas.
The Washington Examiner reports:
The subpoenas, issued Sept. 23, have a Thursday deadline to comply or face “criminal referrals.” Trump will instead invoke executive privilege, a power he retains over events that occurred during his administration despite leaving office, to protect a handful of former aides from divulging information about Jan. 6, Grant Stinchfield from Newsmax reported Wednesday.
“He is going to invoke executive privilege, and that means that people like Chief of Staff Mark Meadows; Dan Scavino, a top adviser; and Kash Patel, another top adviser, will not be able to comply with these subpoenas coming from the Jan. 6 commission,” Stinchfield said. “This is what you get with President Trump. You get a man who fights back. That’s what we love about President Trump, and he’s sticking it to these people trying to go after him.”
Trump lawyer Patrick Philbin, a former deputy White House counsel, is expected to tell the men not to comply with the subpoenas because doing so would hinder the president’s right to confidential information they gave to him during his administration, the host added.
“We will fight the subpoenas on executive privilege and other grounds, for the good of our country,” Trump said. “While we wait to find out whether or not subpoenas will be sent out to antifa and Black Lives Matter for the death and destruction they have caused in tearing apart our Democrat-run cities throughout America.”
Trump’s latest move throws a wrench into Pelosi’s attempt to tie Trump to the events of January 6th when protestors stormed the Capitol building while Congress certified the 2020 election for Joe Biden. So far, the committee has made little progress in uncovering new information on the Capitol riot.