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House Select committee serves elusive ex-Trump aide Dan Scavino with a subpoena over Capitol riots


The House Select committee has finally tracked down an elusive former Trump aide to serve him a subpoena in regards to the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, ending a week-long effort to physically locate him, according to a recent CNN report.

A process server had brought the subpoena for Dan Scavino to Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump‘s Florida resort, and although the former Trump aide was at his New York home, CNN reports he requested that a staff member accept it for him. 

Scavino was hit with the subpoena due to his extensive working history with Trump, with the assumption that he can provide information on any conversations he may have had with the former president on January 5, a day before the Capitol riots took place, the committee stated in its letter. 

A process server brought the subpoena for Dan Scavino (pictured) to Mar-a-Lago, and although the former Trump aide was home in New York, he asked a staffer to accept it for him

The committee specifically wants to know about Trump's whereabouts on the day of the Capitol riots and in the days leading up to the violent rally on January 6

The committee specifically wants to know about Trump’s whereabouts on the day of the Capitol riots and in the days leading up to the violent rally on January 6

The committee specifically wants to know about Trump attempting to convince members of Congress not to certify the 2020 election, as well as his whereabouts on the day of the Capitol riots and any other communications his administration had in the days leading up to the violent rally on January 6. 

CNN reports that a source close to the situation said that Scavino and his attorneys would be reviewing the subpoena next week before making any further decisions on the matter.  

Trump had sent Scavino and several other former aides a letter this week, which was viewed by CNN, stating he would fight the inquiry, which he called an infringement of executive privilege. 

An attorney for the former president advised Scavino and other aides who received subpoenas by the House Select committee to ‘where appropriate, invoke any immunities and privileges’ and refuse to testify or provide any documentation.   

Trump had sent Scavino and several other former aides a letter this week, which was viewed by CNN, stating he would fight the inquiry, which he called an infringement of executive privilege

Trump had sent Scavino and several other former aides a letter this week, which was viewed by CNN, stating he would fight the inquiry, which he called an infringement of executive privilege

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson and Vice Chair Liz Cheney said that Kash Patel (pictured), a former Trump aide, is 'so far engaging' with the inquiry according to a statement

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson and Vice Chair Liz Cheney said that Kash Patel (pictured), a former Trump aide, is ‘so far engaging’ with the inquiry according to a statement

Pictured: Mark Meadows, another Trump aide, is also 'so far engaging' with the inquiry, according to a statement

Pictured: Mark Meadows, another Trump aide, is also ‘so far engaging’ with the inquiry, according to a statement

The Thursday deadline the committee set for four subpoenaed former Trump administration officials to deliver such documents has since passed, with the Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson and Vice Chair Liz Cheney revealing that both Kash Patel and Mark Meadows, both former Trump aides, are ‘so far engaging’ with the inquiry according to a statement.

However, the statement made no mention of Scavino, according to CNN.

In an emailed obtained by the network, Bannon’s lawyer told the committee that ‘the executive privileges belong to President Trump’ and that’we must accept his direction and honor his invocation of executive privilege.’

Meanwhile, Bannon’s claim that he is protected by Trump’s executive privilege isn’t entirely true, as he was not working for the administration or the federal government at the time period before and after the January 6 insurrection. 

White House social media director Dan Scavino, right, and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, left, walk to board Marine One with President Donald Trump on Sept. 22, 2020

White House social media director Dan Scavino, right, and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, left, walk to board Marine One with President Donald Trump on Sept. 22, 2020 

Pictured: Dan Scavino Jr., then-White House deputy chief of staff, speaks during the Republican National Convention seen on a laptop computer in Illinois  August 27, 2020

Pictured: Dan Scavino Jr., then-White House deputy chief of staff, speaks during the Republican National Convention seen on a laptop computer in Illinois  August 27, 2020

In an effort to dispel concerns that the committee is not acting with enough force, Cheney and Thompson’s statement states that the inquiry will be done ‘swiftly’ against anyone who does not comply with the subpoena, with the possibility of holding them in criminal contempt should they refuse to do so. 

On Friday, the current presidential administration informed the National Archives that it would not claim executive privilege over a request for a batch of documents regarding the US Capitol insurrection, which in turn will be shared with the House Select 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 Biden’s decision to forgo asserting executive privilege.



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