Although Trump has doubled down on his denials about involvement in the insurrection, his former staffers are busy talking to the Jan 6 select committee. As much as he wants to hide, too many other people already know far too much for that.
On the heels of news from The Rolling Stone that people involved in the insurrection met frequently with members of Congress (we’re looking at you, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Madison Cawthorne, and Mark Meadows!), new reporting says that at least five former staff members have so far talked to the Jan. 6 committee about the circumstances surrounding the attack on our Capitol.
‘Those discussions come as lawyers working for the committee have also reached out to a range of other Trump aides to inquire whether they would be interested in speaking with the committee voluntarily, without the threat of a subpoena.
‘The engagement could provide insight for the committee that’s seeking to learn more about the actions of former President Donald Trump and his supporters in the lead up to the riot.’
These staffers say that Trump’s legal counsel have also contacted them wanting more context on what happened leading up to the insurrection. So far, none of them have been subpoenaed by the congressional committee other than Steve Bannon, Kash Patel, Mark Meadows, Dan Scavino, and Jeffrey Clark.
‘According to five former Trump aides, counsel for the committee has emailed or texted them directly to ask whether they are interested in coming in to talk to the congressional investigators, often looking for context on what happened inside the West Wing before the insurrection on January 6. While several people have voluntarily sat down with the committee, others have declined the committee’s request or not responded at all. The outreach has ranged from junior-level staffers to more seasoned officials.’
'At least five former Trump campaign staffers besides Ms. Wren assisted on the logistics of the Jan. 6 rally, according to the permit and Federal Election Commission records'… https://t.co/kBtopLQQnj via @WSJ
— Douglas Ewing (@uniave) January 31, 2021
While being asked to come before the committee may be frightening, it is not indicative of any crime being committed by those requested to come and answer questions. Subpoenas, on the other hand, can lead to contempt of Congress charges. However, those voluntarily speaking with the committee may have critical information to provide.
‘The outreach is not necessarily because the committee believes the staffers were involved in what happened that day. But the investigative staff appears to be trying to glean more context on what was happening inside the West Wing before, during and after the attack, according to the sources.’