Former President Donald Trump retained the services of a conservative legal firm to deal with the subpoena issued by the House Select Jan. 6 Committee.
Legal representation will be provided by the Dhillon Law Group, an established firm co-managed by RNC Committee member Harmeet Dhillon. She is the former vice chairwoman of the California Republican Party.
She has been at the forefront of legal challenges to coronavirus-related policies that closed school doors along with churches and businesses.
Dhillon is also an outspoken critic of the committee’s subpoenas issued to others it is investigating.
The group already represents several witnesses in the crosshairs of the Jan. 6 committee, including Michael Flynn. Others defended by the Dhillon firm include Trump associate Seb Gorka and Amy Kremer, co-founder of Women for America First.
This defensive action by the 45th president comes after the committee formally served a subpoena on Friday. The panel, which most Republicans consider to be nothing more than a witch hunt, said it wants documents from Trump by Nov. 4 before “commanding” him to appear on Nov. 14.
Invasion of the United States. But let's subpoena Trump in the middle of an election. https://t.co/i0UsiZ6a3T
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) October 21, 2022
The committee, hand selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), has been singular in its attempts to prove that the former president is personally responsible for the events of Jan. 6.
Without dissenting opinions or even cross-examination of witnesses, its members continually push the narrative that Trump stirred the anger of his supporters through outright false claims. It was the former president’s goal, they continually allege, to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.
Trump floated the possibility of appearing live before the panel, something its members steadfastly refused to consider.
Over the last century and a half, only one ex-president was subpoenaed by Congress. That was Harry Truman in 1953, and he flatly refused on the grounds of separation of powers.
Analysts believe it is uncertain that this former president will be formally interviewed by the committee — subpoenaed or not. Trump’s retention of legal counsel specifically to address the committee’s “command” means their shaky grounds will be challenged and likely defeated.