Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump, is refusing to be deposed or hand over paperwork to the Home committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, his lawyer stated in a letter dated Monday.
The letter, which Stone offered to NBC Information on Tuesday, invokes his Fifth Modification proper to not testify.
“On condition that the Choose Committee’s demand for paperwork is overbroad, overreaching, and much too wide-ranging to be deemed something aside from a fishing expedition, Mr. Stone has a constitutional proper to say no to reply,” his lawyer, Grant Smith, wrote. “Certainly, the Choose Committee seeks an imprecise and undefined class of ‘paperwork and communications regarding’ a broad vary of constitutionally protected political exercise.”
Final month, the panel subpoenaed Stone and different Trump allies to testify, arguing that Stone helped spearhead the previous GOP president’s campaign to overturn the 2020 election. The committee stated Stone was in Washington on Jan. 5 and 6 to “lead a march to the Capitol” and that he “promoted his attendance on the rallies and solicited help to pay for safety.”
The committee has issued batches of subpoenas in latest weeks to dozens of Trump administration officers and allies of the previous president. Though a lot of them have embraced Trump’s directive to not cooperate with the panel, some have nonetheless testified and offered paperwork, based on the committee.
The committee has pursued contempt fees towards some subpoenaed witnesses who’ve refused to conform. Final month, a federal grand jury indicted former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who has been charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to reply the committee’s questions. On Tuesday, a federal choose set a July trial date for Bannon.
Earlier this month, the panel voted unanimously to refer former Trump Justice Division official Jeffrey Clark to his earlier employer for felony contempt of Congress after he invoked his Fifth Modification safety towards self-incrimination.
Former White Home chief of employees Mark Meadows, who was additionally subpoenaed, stated Tuesday that he’s now not cooperating with the investigation, prompting the panel to threaten contempt proceedings if he skips his scheduled deposition on Wednesday.