President Donald Trump is directing his former aides to defy subpoenas issued by the House select committee investigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News on Thursday.
Politico was first to report Trump’s instructions to his allies.
This comes after the committee has ramped up its probe, issuing several new subpoenas on Thursday for the organizers of the pro-Trump Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally.
“The rally on the Capitol grounds on January 6th, like the rally near the White House that day, immediately preceded the violent attack on the seat of our democracy,” committee chairman Bennie Thompson said of the subpoenas to Ali Alexander and Nathan Martin for testimony and documents.
“The Select Committee needs to understand all the details about the events that came before the attack, including who was involved in planning and funding them. We expect these witnesses to cooperate fully with our probe,” Thompson said.