Longtime Donald Trump aide Dan Scavino blasted the ‘dangerous and false’ idea that he was trying to avoid a subpoena following reports it took a process server days to track him down.
Scavino blasted the media and suggested the Jan. 6th committee was leaking disparaging information about him, after a process server was finally able to deliver legal documents to Mar-a-Lago, where the Trump aide says he spent six days over the last period of time.
‘FACT: The dangerous and false narrative of me trying to avoid or evade a subpoena is a disgrace. I can only wonder where it came from, and what their goal was,’ Scavino tweeted Sunday night,’ adding an inquisitive face emoji.
‘Not ONE attempt was made to contact/serve me when I was at Mar a Lago for 6 days, or home in NY for 8 days thereafter!’ he wrote.
Former Assistant to the President Dan Scavino (L), seen here with former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (R), was served with a subpoena over the weekend. He denies he was seeking to ‘avoid or evade’ it. He was finally served when a process server brought it to Mar-a-Lago
A statement last week by the House Jan. 6th select committee mentioned three of the former Trump administration aides who had been subpoenaed and ordered to respond by midnight Thursday – but oddly did not mention the fourth, Scavino.
The statement said former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and DOD aide Kash Patel were ‘engaging’ with the panel, former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon ‘has indicated that he will try to hide behind vague references to privileges of the former President.’
Scavino blasted reports he was seeking to avoid the subpoena as a ‘disgrace’
TRY HERE: Scavino says he was at Mar-a-Lago for six days and in New York thereafter
Bannon told DailyMail.com he stands with Trump, but Scavino has been silent on his legal posture.
The committee finally tracked down Scavino after a week-long effort to physically locate him, CNN reported over the weekend.
The committee’s subpoena letter notes that Scavino, Trump’s former golf caddy who rose to become a close aide who managed Trump’s Twitter account, was with Trump during key moments.
It was dated Sept. 23rd and is signed by panel chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).
It references Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s book, and states: ‘Reporting indicates that former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Daniel Scavino was with the former President on January 5th during a discussion of how to convince Members of Congress not to certify the election for Joe Biden. Prior to the January 6th March for Trump, Mr. Scavino promoted the event on Twitter, encouraging people to “be a part of history.’
It states that he was ‘with or in the vicinity of former President Donald Trump’ on Jan. 6th and called him a ‘witness’ to his activities that day.
The Jan. 6th committee wants Scavinos testimony on the events around Jan. 6th
Former President Donald Trump claimed in an Iowa rally he ‘won’ the election, although he was defeated by Joe Biden in the electoral college and lost the popular vote by around 7 million
Scavino was active on Twitter over the weekend
A process server had brought the subpoena for Scavino to Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump’s Florida resort. Although the former Trump aide was at his New York home, CNN reports he requested that a staff member accept it for him.
Scavino’s peripatetic existence continued on Saturday, when he attended a Trump rally in Des Moines where the former president once again claimed the election was stolen.
‘Trump won! Trump won! Trump won!,’ Trump fans cheered from the Iowa state fairgrounds. ‘He did. He did. Thank you,’ Trump said, before falsely claiming he had won Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania – states that went for Joe Biden.
Scavino tweeted multiple images of Trump and crowd shots the event, as well as video from the former president’s sign off from his hour and 40-minute speech – but not the beginning where he said he won the election.
A process server brought the subpoena for Dan Scavino (pictured) to Mar-a-Lago, and although the former Trump aide was home in New York, he asked a staffer to accept it for him
The committee specifically wants to know about Trump’s whereabouts on the day of the Capitol riots and in the days leading up to the violent rally on January 6
The committee specifically wants to know about Trump attempting to convince members of Congress not to certify the 2020 election, as well as his whereabouts on the day of the Capitol riots and any other communications his administration had in the days leading up to the violent rally on January 6.
CNN reports that a source close to the situation said that Scavino and his attorneys would be reviewing the subpoena next week before making any further decisions on the matter.
Trump had sent Scavino and several other former aides a letter this week stating he would fight the inquiry, which he called an infringement of executive privilege.
An attorney for the former president advised Scavino and other aides who received subpoenas by the House Select committee to ‘where appropriate, invoke any immunities and privileges’ and refuse to testify or provide any documentation.’
Trump had sent Scavino and several other former aides a letter this week, which was viewed by CNN, stating he would fight the inquiry, which he called an infringement of executive privilege
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson and Vice Chair Liz Cheney said that Kash Patel (pictured), a former Trump aide, is ‘so far engaging’ with the inquiry according to a statement
Pictured: Mark Meadows, another Trump aide, is also ‘so far engaging’ with the inquiry, according to a statement
Bannon’s lawyer told the committee that ‘the executive privileges belong to President Trump’ and that ‘we must accept his direction and honor his invocation of executive privilege.’
Trump suggested last week in a letter to the National Archivist that he may sue to protect what he considers executive privilege claim.
However it is not unlimited, and Bannon’s claim may be weaker than Scavino’s in that he was not working for the administration or the federal government at the time period before and after the January 6 insurrection. Scavino, on the other hand, was fulfilling official duties at the White House during the period.
White House social media director Dan Scavino, right, and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, left, walk to board Marine One with President Donald Trump on Sept. 22, 2020
Pictured: Dan Scavino Jr., then-White House deputy chief of staff, speaks during the Republican National Convention seen on a laptop computer in Illinois August 27, 2020
In an effort to dispel concerns that the committee is not acting with enough force, Cheney and Thompson’s statement states that the inquiry will be done ‘swiftly’ against anyone who does not comply with the subpoena, with the possibility of holding them in criminal contempt should they refuse to do so.
On Friday, the current presidential administration informed the National Archives that it would not claim executive privilege over a request for a batch of documents regarding the US Capitol insurrection, which in turn will be shared with the House Select committee.
‘The President has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not warranted for the first set of documents from the Trump White House that have been provided to us by the National Archives,’ press secretary Jen Psaki said of Biden’s decision to forgo asserting executive privilege.