Roger Stone won’t cooperate with Jan. 6 panel

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Longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone will not cooperate with the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots and calls on the Fifth Amendment to testify, his attorney said Tuesday evening.

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why it matters: Announcement, first reported by ABC NewsFormer White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said he would not cooperate with the investigation.

What are they saying: “Given that the selection committee’s demands for the documents are too broad, overlapping, and too broad to be deemed anything other than a fishing expedition, Mr. Stone has a constitutional right to refuse to respond, “Stone Grant Smith, counsel for Per NBC News,

  • “Indeed, the Select Committee seeks a precise and undefined category of ‘documents and communications’ relating to a wide range of constitutionally protected political activity.”

big picture: The House panel summoned Stone last month for the Capitol riot, citing her involvement in planning rallies for former President Trump.

what to watch: Representatives for the House Select Committee did not immediately respond to Nerdshala’ request for comment.

  • but representative Adam Schiff (D-California) tweeted Earlier Tuesday that Meadows’ statement would “proceed according to plan” and that if he fails to appear, “he will be subject to criminal contempt.”
  • It indicates that the panel will prepare a report and proposal demanding that Meadows fail to comply with contempt of Congress — as happened with former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who was sent to Congress last month. Was convicted on two counts of contempt.
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