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Dan Scavino complied with the commission’s January 6 subpoena


(CNN) — Dan Scavino, former aide to Donald Trump, received a Commission summons Select House of Representatives investigating the Jan.6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, a source familiar with the matter told CNN, ending the panel struggle to physically locate him.

A process server brought the summons to former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago complex in Florida on Friday, the source said. While Scavino was at home in New York at the time, he asked a staff member to accept the subpoena on his behalf.

In its letter to Scavino, the commission noted that, due to its proximity and long history of working with the former president, it can provide useful information on the conversations Trump had on January 5 about trying to convince members of Congress not to. certify the elections, the movements of the former president on January 6, and the broader communication strategy that the White House had before the January 6 demonstration.

The source said Scavino would review the subpoena with his attorneys early next week to determine next steps.

Scavino was among Trump’s former advisers who had been sent a letter from Trump’s attorney this week warning that he intended to defend what he viewed as a violation of executive privilege.

In the letter seen by CNN, a lawyer for Trump advised them “where appropriate, to invoke any immunity and privilege” and not to provide documents or testimony.

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Thursday had set a deadline for four former Trump officials under subpoena to submit materials to the commission.

Commission Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, said in a statement that former Trump officials Mark Meadows and Kash Patel are “committed so far” to 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 attorney told the commission that “executive privilege belongs to President Trump” and “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 in that Bannon was not working for the federal government during the period surrounding the January 6 insurrection.

In their statement, Thompson and Cheney make clear that the commission will act “swiftly” against those who refuse to comply with a subpoena, including trying to charge them with criminal contempt, while trying to dismiss concerns that the commission will not act with enough strength.

The White House informed the National Archives on Friday that it would not enforce executive privilege on an initial batch of documents related to the January 6 violence at the U.S. Capitol, paving the way for the Archives to share documents with the commission. of the camera.

“The President has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not warranted for the first set of Trump White House documents provided to us by the National Archives,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said of President Joe Biden’s decision.

CNN’s Sara Murray, Katelyn Polantz, and Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.


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