"A Total Bust" - Trump Slams Jan. 6 "Unselect" Committee After Unanimous Vote To Subpoena Former President

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by Tyler Durden
Thursday, Oct 13, 2022 - 09:00 PM

Weeks before midterm elections - as if it wasn't always planned this way, the Jim Jordan-less, 100% anti-Trump January 6th Committee unanimously voted to issue a subpoena to former President Donald Trump.

The 9-0 vote was held during Thursday's televised (and 'produced'?) meeting aimed at painting Trump as the central antagonist in the January 6th 'attack' on the capital - for which protesters were allowed into the building by federal employees (a fact which this totally legitimate body totally didn't glaze over).

As Axios notes;

Trump has been the central figure of the committee’s investigation, which has focused on proving his culpability for what happened on Jan. 6.

  • A key question the panel has grappled with for months has been whether to compel testimony from Trump himself. However, a subpoena this late in their investigation — when the committee is expected to sunset at the end of the year — is largely symbolic.

  • It is unlikely that, if they successfully vote to subpoena the former president, it would result in Trumps' actual testimony. Instead, the committee is setting down a marker to show they sought to hear from Trump himself — with the knowledge that doing so will force a response from his team.

What they're saying: "He is the one person at the center of the story of what happened on January 6. So we want to hear from him," said Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).

  • In his opening statement, Thompson said the committee was technically convening as a "formal committee business meeting."

It did not take long for former President Trump to respond (via TruthSocial):

More from John Ransom of The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

As the House Jan. 6 committee heads towards its final public hearing, lawyers are criticizing the panel for engaging in overreach and harassing targets through onerous document production requests.

John Eastman, former lawyer of President Donald Trump, appears on screen during the fourth hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington on June 21, 2022. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

The comments were made as the committee is currently locked in a battle with former President Donald Trump’s election attorney John Eastman on the production of 576 emails subpoenaed by the panel. The committee in an Oct. 3 filing before a federal district court argued that Eastman was improperly holding back documents, under the guise of attorney-client privilege and attorney work-product privilege.

Eastman, 62, helped prepare legal filings for Trump that contested the results of the 2020 presidential election in several states. The committee has contended, in part, that the filings were an attempt to overthrow the government.

Eastman’s attorneys, in response, accused the committee of attempting to undermine the attorney-client relationship.

His lawyers further said that the court has already ruled on the matter and found in the vast majority of cases for Eastman’s claim that attorney-client privilege prevented Eastman from disclosing the documents to the committee

“Judge Carter found Dr. Eastman’s privilege logs perfectly adequate to dismiss a majority of the January 6 Committee’s attempts to subvert attorney-client privilege,” said Eastman’s attorneys from Burnham & Gorokhov said in the statement.

As proof of Eastman’s alleged attempts to improperly shield documents from investigators, the Jan. 6 committee released an email between Trump’s election lawyers in which they joked about Trump.

One of the email’s authors, former Trump lawyer Bruce Marks, accused the committee of releasing the exchange in an attempt to embarrass Trump’s lawyers.

“At the time of the emails on December 30 and 31, 2020, Professor Eastman, Ken Chesebro, and I were representing President Trump in litigating a U.S. Supreme Court petition filed on December 23,” Marks told Politico. “These emails were part of a privileged exchange. Regardless of whether specific tongue in cheek emails were protected by the attorney-client privilege, they were clearly protected by First Amendment rights of political association and free speech.”

‘Fishing Expedition’ 

One lawyer who has defended a half-a-dozen people who have been charged as a result of actions at the Capitol on Jan. 6. applauded Eastman and his attorneys for pushing back.

“The Committee’s endless speculation does not trump the power of attorney-client privilege,” attorney Joseph McBride told The Epoch Times in an email. McBride has a reputation for fiercely criticizing the government for its detention and prosecution of people regarding the events of Jan. 6.

More people need to stand up to these communist psychopaths. I, for one, am glad that John Eastman is doing it,” he added.

Another lawyer who is suing the government over the seizure of phone records cautions said that the dispute between Eastman and the committee was only a small part of the panel’s excesses.

“I think [Eastman’s lawyers] were basically trying to show the court that that was a claim of attorney-client privilege that applied to that email. But the larger issues in the Jan. 6 Committee is they are overreaching,” Paul Kamenar, an attorney with the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a conservative watchdog group, told The Epoch Times.

The NLPC is suing the select committee over phone records of a Jan. 6 protest organizer that the panel demanded in their probe.

“They’re not respecting that attorney-client privilege and work-product privilege. And even so, some of this is first amendment protected communications that we have,” Kamenar said.

To Kamenar, the committee has exceeded its authority.

I think at this point, it’s just a matter of a fishing expedition and harassment, as I see it, and there’s no more need for any other emails from other people,” he said about the continued investigation of the panel, adding that there are no new facts being discovered by the committee.

McBride said that the continuation of the committee is just being used to hurt so-called MAGA-Republicans, without really investigating what happened.

“The committee is, without question, suppressing exculpatory evidence. It is also selectively editing videos to proffer a narrative to the public that caricatures all MAGA Republicans in the light of domestic extremism,” McBride said, noting that the same members of Congress gave Hillary Clinton a pass when she “destroyed 33,000 emails” she improperly kept on a private email server when she was secretary of state.

Electoral Reforms

According to Kamenar, the dispute over privilege claims is obscuring an obvious purpose of the Jan. 6 Committee hearings, which is to make it toxic to oppose proposed legislative reforms that would make it harder to decertify presidential results.

“That’s the purpose of the committee: Rep. Liz Cheney has a bill that would reform the Electoral Count Act, which is also co-sponsored by Rep. Zoe Lofgren,” said Kamenar.

In September, the House passed the Presidential Electoral Reform Act, introduced by Jan. 6 Committee members Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Lofgren (D-Calif.), that makes a number of changes to the 1887 Electoral Count Act. These include making the vice president’s role in election certification a ceremonial one, and increasing the number of lawmakers needed to sustain an objection to a state’s reported electoral slate.

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