January 6: At least five former Trump White House staff meet with House committee
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The five former staff who had conversations with the committee did so with the members or their staff. Some believe they have information worth sharing, while others hope to avoid being legally compelled to speak to the committee.
The engagement could provide insight to the committee seeking to learn more about the actions of former President Donald Trump and his supporters ahead of the riot.
According to five former Trump aides, the committee lawyer emailed or texted them directly to ask if they were interested in coming to speak to congressional investigators, often looking for the background to what happened. inside the west wing before the January 6 uprising. .
While several people voluntarily sat down with the committee, others declined the committee’s request or did not respond at all. Awareness has spread from junior staff to more senior civil servants.
The awareness is not necessarily due to the committee’s belief that staff members were involved in what happened that day. But investigative staff appear to be trying to glean more context on what was going on inside the West Wing before, during and after the attack, the sources said.
A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment.
The news of the awareness comes as Trump engages in a legal battle over the committee’s investigation. Trump sued the committee and the National Archives in an attempt to protect documents from them. And a lawyer for the former president recently asked four former Trump administration officials – Mark Meadows, Dan Scavino, Stephen Bannon and Kash Patel – not to provide any testimony or documents to the investigative panel, saying they are protected “from disclosure by executive and other privileges, including, but not limited to, presidential communications, the deliberative process, and attorney-client privileges.” ”
This story has been updated with additional details.
Ryan Nobles of CNN contributed to this report.
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