US President Joe Biden on Friday allowed a parliamentary inquiry to provide records relating to the actions of his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, on January 6, the day the Capitol stormed.
A House Committee was formed to evaluate the role played by Donald Trump in the attack on the Capitol. The committee also threatens to prosecute those close to Trump who refuse to cooperate with the committee.
Trump says the Biden administration is using the investigation to undermine his future political prospects. “This is using government power to silence ‘Trump’ and our movement to make America great again,” the former president said on Friday.
The committee also threatened criminal charges against Steve Bannon, a former Trump adviser, for refusing to cooperate with the investigation. “We will not allow any witness to disregard a legal subpoena or try to gain time,” said Representatives Benny Thompson and Liz Cheney, who lead the panel.
Bannon had told the committee on Thursday that he would not participate On their summons. In a letter to the committee, Bannon’s attorney, Robert Costello, said the refusal was due to Trump’s claim that he would invoke “executive privilege,” the president’s right to withhold information from Congress if he needed to. However, legal experts say Trump, as a former president, cannot invoke this executive prerogative to block subpoenas from the Commission.
Most Republican lawmakers describe the committee as representative and refuse to cooperate.
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