Without the power of the presidency to threaten people, former Trump officials speak to the 1/6 committee.
Trump officials come forward to speak voluntarily
Those discussions come because lawyers working for the committee have also reached out to a series of other Trump assistants to inquire if they would be interested in speaking to the committee voluntarily, without the threat of a subpoena.
The Steve Bannon contempt reference has already worked.
The reality is that Steve Bannon and people in Trump’s circle have his equal money, but most people who worked in the White House did not, and fighting a committee subpoena in court is very expensive. Many people who could possibly be called before the committee could not afford the fight.
Any witness who may have been on the fence to speak to the committee probably decided very soon after seeing Steve Bannon referred to the Department of Justice.
Many of the people who come forward are not material witnesses, but they can provide context to the committee and help them fill in the blanks about what was going on at the White House on January 6th.
Trump can no longer threaten people. He has no power over those who previously worked in his administration. It’s now every person for themselves, and there’s nothing Trump can do to stop people from coming forward.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
Awards and professional membership
Member of the Association of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association