The subpoenas that follow the retention requests sent to 35 tech and social media companies in August do not ask for the content of any messages, but simply list the dates and times when the calls and messages took place, the committee aide said.
The committee has now interviewed more than 275 witnesses and is receiving assistance from several members of former Vice President Mike Pence’s inner circle, including Mark Short, his former chief of staff.
But several prominent witnesses are blocking the commission’s work in line with Trump’s directive. The former president is fighting in court to block the release of documents requested by the committee, which he says is a privilege of the executive branch, although the Biden administration declined to pursue the claim.
In October, the House of Representatives voted to recommend the indictment of another Trump ally, Stephen K. Bannon, of criminal contempt of Congress for not cooperating. He was subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts, which could have held up to two years behind bars in total. A judge on Tuesday set a date for Mr. Bannon’s trial on July 18, which means the elected committee will likely have to wait most of the year, if not longer, for his case to be resolved and any possible collaboration with him.
The committee also recommended indictment of contempt for Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department attorney who was involved in Mr Trump’s efforts to invalidate the 2020 election results, for refusing to cooperate with his investigation. The Panel is awaiting completion of this avenue until it can determine how much information Mr. Clark is willing to provide during his testimony scheduled for December 16. Mr. Clarke said he would exercise his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Another would-be witness, John Eastman, the lawyer who wrote the memorandum that some on both sides compare to a coup plan to keep Mr Trump in power, also indicated that he plans to apply the Fifth Amendment in response to the committee’s agenda. …
A third witness, politician Roger J. Stone, Jr., told the committee this week that he, too, planned to exercise his right to self-incrimination by refusing to appear on a summons, refusing to attend an interview or provide documents.