Former Trump aide Dan Scavino served with Jan. 6 committee subpoena after difficulty in locating him: report

Dan Scavino
Dan Scavino.
  • Former Trump aide Dan Scavino was finally served a subpoena from the Jan. 6 panel, per CNN.
  • The subpoena was brought to former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, according to the network.
  • In addition to Scavino, Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon, and Kash Patel were also subpoenaed.

Dan Scavino, a former Trump aide, has been served a subpoena from the House select panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, according to CNN, bringing to a close to the committee's difficulty in finding him.

The subpoena was brought to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida on Friday, according to the network.

Scavino, a former White House deputy chief of staff for communications and director of social media, was in New York when the legal document was delivered, and a staff member accepted it in his absence.

In the letter to Scavino, the committee detailed how his longtime working relationship with Trump could produce relevant information about conversations in which the former president was a participant - conversations regarding the push for lawmakers to decline certifying the 2020 election results, along with the former president's actions on Jan. 6 and the communication strategy conceived by the administration leading up to the now-infamous Jan. 6 rally.

A source informed CNN that Scavino would look over the subpoena with his lawyers this week in order to map out his next move.

Scavino was subpoenaed in late September, along with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former White House strategist Steve Bannon, and Kash Patel, the ex-chief of staff to former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller.

According to CNN, Scavino and the other three aides were sent a letter from Trump's attorney last week informing them that the former president sought to use the defense of executive privilege as it relates to activities on Jan. 6.

The network reported that the letter from Trump's lawyer advised them to "where appropriate, invoke any immunities and privileges" and decline to produce documents or provide testimony.

The deadline for the aides to produce materials to the Jan. 6 committee was last Thursday.

While Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the panel's chair, and GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the vice chair, said in a statement that Meadows and Patel were "so far engaging" with them, Scavino was not mentioned.

In the statement, Bannon was called out for seeking "to hide behind vague references to privileges of the former President."

"Though the Select Committee welcomes good-faith engagement with witnesses seeking to cooperate with our investigation, we will not allow any witness to defy a lawful subpoena or attempt to run out the clock, and we will swiftly consider advancing a criminal contempt of Congress referral," they added.

President Joe Biden's administration on Friday informed the National Archives in a letter that it would not claim executive privilege on an initial set of Jan. 6-related documents, which will allow for the documents to be seen by the House committee.

"President Biden has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified as to any of the documents," wrote White House counsel Dana Remus, according to NBC News.

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