Bernard Kerik provides batch of documents to Jan. 6 select committee

Trump ultimately opted against this strategy, but his consideration of the option is one of the key questions the panel is examining as part of its broader investigation into attempts to overturn the election.

It is unclear whether the letter is related to the same scheme and whether Trump knew of its existence. Kerik held it back, describing it as privileged because of its classification as a “lawyer’s work product”.

Other The document Kerik made available to the panel contained emails between Kerik and staff regarding payment for rooms at the Willard Hotel. Kerik was summoned on November 8 as part of the investigation into the so-called War Room at the Willard Hotel, where Trump’s allies were meeting to devise strategies to prevent Congress from confirming Joe Biden’s victory. The panel originally sent a letter accompanying the subpoena erroneously suspecting Kerik was in the war room on January 5th, prompting Kerik to apologize.

The January 6 select committee declined to comment on the new materials.

As part of a seven-page letter to the panel, Parlatore informed the committee that the former police commissioner would accept a voluntary interview with the panel on January 13, 2022, despite expressing concerns about the terms of the interview and whether a transcript and recording would be released immediately thereafter would or if Parlatore could make their own record of the proceedings.

According to Parlatore, the panel withdrew its consent to a voluntary interview and instead requested a testimony after sending its letter to the committee. He expressed his dismay at the committee’s withdrawal of the voluntary interview.

“They seem more interested in creating the appearance of non-compliance than conducting an actual investigation,” he said on a text message.

It’s unclear whether Kerik would show up for a testimony instead of an interview. A December 23 letter to the panel from Parlatore contained controversial allegations that the January 6 panel was structurally invalid and called its deposition process “fatally flawed”. The panel previously rejected these arguments.

Parlatore declined to comment on the withheld documents, but hoped the committee would agree to terms that would allow full disclosure of all documents.

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