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Roger Stone will plead for the fifth on January 6

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Roger Stone has informed the House committee investigating Jan. 6 that he will advocate for the Fifth Amendment and will not offer impeachment or hand over documents.

“Since the Select Committee’s demand for documents is too broad, far-reaching and far too broad to be considered anything other than a fishing expedition, Mr. Stone has a constitutional right to refuse to respond,” Stone’s attorney Grant Smith wrote. in a letter to the committee.

Stone, a longtime Trump confidant, announced late Tuesday that he would not cooperate after former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows did the same.

Former Trump attorney John Eastman and former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark have also declined to cooperate, as has Steve Bannon.

Stone, a longtime Trump confidant, announced late Tuesday that he would not cooperate after former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows did the same.

Bannon, Meadows and Clark are all now charged with contempt.

Since Watergate, no one has been convicted of contempt for Congress, and courts generally shy away from hearing such cases as “political issues” with no legislative purpose.

Indeed, the Select Committee seeks an imprecise and undefined category of ‘documents and communications concerning’ a wide range of constitutionally protected political activities,’ the letter continued.

Smith also said the volume of documents subpoenaed would require an index and log, “which in themselves would be protected from disclosure by the US Constitution.”

Last month, the commission subpoenaed Stone along with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones as it investigates people who “helped or had knowledge of the planning and financing” of the “stop the steal” meeting that preceded the riots.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said at the time of the subpoena, “We need to know who organized, planned, paid for and hosted these events, and what communications the organizers had with officials in the White House and Congress. We believe the witnesses we have subpoenaed today have pertinent information and we expect them to cooperate fully in our efforts to get answers for the American people about the January 6 violence.”

Stone was due to make a statement on December 17.

Stone’s attorney also took note of news reports that Stone was being investigated by the Justice Department and the FBI.

The committee noted that Stone was in Washington for the meeting leading up to the riot, and was photographed with a security detail that included Oath Keepers.

The committee noted that Stone was in Washington for the meeting leading up to the riot, and was photographed with a security detail that included Oath Keepers.

Rep.  Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said at the time of the subpoena: 'We need to know who organized, planned, paid for and received the funds related to these events'

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said at the time of the subpoena: ‘We need to know who organized, planned, paid for and received the funds related to these events’

Stone was a prominent figure in the Russia investigation during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Trump forgave Stone weeks before he left office after the political impostor was convicted of lying to Congress. He had previously commuted Stone’s 40-month sentence before being required to report to prison.

The committee noted that Stone was in Washington for the rally and had been photographed with a security detail that included Oath Keepers.

“Before traveling to Washington, Mr. Stone attended the meetings and asked for support to pay for security through the website stopthesteal.org. While in Washington, Mr. Stone reportedly used members of the Oath Keepers as personal guards, at least one of whom has been charged with his involvement in the Capitol attack. Mr Stone has commented that, according to the release, he planned to “lead a march to the Capitol.”

Stone’s lawyer also said his client also disagreed with the politicization of the commission. “Not one member of the Select Committee has been appointed by the minority. In fact, members proposed by the minority were rejected by President Pelosi.”

Meadows, meanwhile, reversed course and said he would not cooperate after already handing over material to the committee.

Among the material he did flip is a 38-page PowerPoint presentation titled “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 JAN” that was to be given “on the hill.”

One of the most damning appears to be a text exchange between Meadows and an unnamed federal lawmaker that took place after the November 2020 election.

In a letter to Meadows’ attorney informing him of the impending charges of contempt, committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson had a ‘November 6, 2020, text exchange with a member of Congress, apparently about appointing alternate voters in certain states as part of a plan the member acknowledged would be “highly controversial” and to which Mr. Meadows apparently said : “I love it”…’

Thompson’s letter means the House could hold a vote as early as Friday to refer Meadows to the Justice Department for criminal charges.

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