Former President Donald Trump has hired a conservative-led law firm to represent his response to the Jan. 6 Committee’s recent subpoena.
Trump tapped the Dhillon Law Group, which is co-managed by Republican National Committee Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon (R-CA), to manage his legal strategy against the partisan Jan. 6 Committee.
NEWS: The Jan. 6 select committee has formally subpoenaed Donald TRUMP, commanding him to appear for testimony on Nov. 14.
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Yet again, the Committee broke precedent by releasing a copy of Trump’s subpoena to the public, drawing immediate criticism from David Warrington, one of the law firm’s partners.
“We understand that, once again, flouting norms and appropriate and customary process, the Committee has publicly released a copy of its subpoena,” said Warrington in a statement late Friday. “As with any similar matter, we will review and analyze it, and will respond as appropriate to this unprecedented action.”
The Dhillon Law Group already represents several high-profile targets of the Jan. 6 Committee, including Michael Flynn.
Trump has several ways he can respond to the Committee, and the former president has even teased an in-person appearance on live television, but experts do not believe he has much to gain from complying with the subpoena.
With Republican candidates bearing down on Democrats in the Nov. 8 midterm elections, it is unlikely the Committee would be authorized to continue its work past its current deadline of Jan. 3.
If Trump decides to challenge the Committee’s action in court, he can likely nullify the subpoena by prolonging the legal process until Republicans vote to end the Committee’s work.
Peter Keisler, who served as acting attorney general under President George W. Bush, said he believes this is the more likely route for Trump.
“It seems improbable to me that this could be litigated to conclusion in the time remaining to the Committee in this Congress,” Keisler said.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of only two Republicans on the nine-member panel, tried to bait the former president to abide by the subpoena in recent comments.
“He’s made it clear he has nothing to hide, is what he says,” Kinzinger stated. “So, he should come in.”
Meanwhile, the Committee has not committed to releasing an interim report on its findings ahead of the midterm elections. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) recently expressed that she doubts the Committee will have time to issue an interim report.
“I don’t believe that we’ll have an interim report,” Lofgren said. “If there is pressing information that we’d receive or something that we think fills in the picture in an important way, we might release that, but we’re busily writing the report and putting together plans to release it.”
“So, there’s no way it could be done in the next 19 days,” she added.