The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol issued a statement Friday giving former President Donald Trump more time to turn over documents it subpoenaed, but offered little explanation for why the extension was granted.
“We have notified the former president’s attorneys that he has until next week to begin making records and that he remains in the process of accepting subpoenas for testimony beginning Nov. 14,” the committee said in a statement.
The panel subpoenaed Trump last month to seek extensive documents by 10 a.m. Friday and gave Trump sworn interviews starting Nov. 14 and “continuing in subsequent days as necessary.”
The committee also said it had “received letters from the former president and his lawyers regarding the special committee subpoena,” but gave no further information.
CNN has reached out to Trump and his lawyers for comment.
As of Oct. 26, Trump’s lawyers had been served with subpoenas from the committee, according to people familiar with the matter. Trump criticized the committee but did not say whether he would comply with the subpoena.
On the day the subpoena was announced, Trump attorney David Warrington said in a statement that the committee’s public release of the subpoena was a “disregard for norms and due and customary process” and that his legal team would “consider this unprecedented action to respond appropriately”.
Trump lawyers handling the committee’s subpoena requests have been coordinating with other members of the former president’s legal team while figuring out how to proceed, according to people familiar with the matter.
While operating as two separate teams, lawyers focused on handling the committee’s subpoenas are in consultation with lawyers representing Trump in the Justice Department’s criminal investigation related to Jan. 6, the sources said, noting the two separate teams. areas of potential overlap between the laws of the United States are important.
Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the vice chairman of the Republican Rep. Committee, previously said the committee was “discussing” with Trump’s lawyers about sworn testimony in the investigation. But it was unclear whether those discussions would lead him to sit down and testify.
In a letter accompanying the subpoena, the committee summed up what the panel made in a series of hearings to demonstrate why it believes Trump “personally planned and oversaw” efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
In the subpoena, the committee asked Trump to turn over any communications sent or received between Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020, and Biden’s Jan. 20, 2021 inauguration, and more than a dozen close allies of his have become campaigners. key figures of the event. A broader plan to overturn the 2020 election.
It also demands that Trump turn over all phone calls, text messages or communications with any member of Congress between December 18, 2020 and January 6, 2021; any communications or efforts to contact other witnesses.
The extensive document request even calls for all documents and communications related or referred to “in any way” from September 1, 2020 to the present day with Oathkeepers, Proud Boys or members of other extremist groups. The panel’s document requests spanned 19 different categories.
This story has been updated with more details.