According to a report this afternoon from POLITICO, Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano is balking when it comes to his scheduled interview with the January 6th Select Committee.
In a letter addressed to chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Mastriano lawyer Timothy C. Parlatore said the Republican would not testify unless Parlatore can record the session.
“Senator Mastriano is currently the Republican nominee for Governor and is engaged in a hotly contested general election race. Given the committee’s demonstrated propensity for releasing edited clips of interviews without the requisite context to support a false partisan narrative, I am concerned that there is a risk that your committee will do the same to Senator Mastriano. Members of your party like Sean Patrick Maloney, Democratic Campaign Chair, have openly admitted that the goal of the hearings you are conducting is intended to paint the Republican party as irresponsible and power hungry ahead of the midterms. For this reason, my client has legitimate concerns that your committee may attempt to influence the outcome of the Pennsylvania state elections through the dissemination of information.”
The Jan. 6 committee had issued a subpoena to Mastriano on Feb. 15 for documents and testimony. It was not until after he captured the GOP nomination for governor in May that a produced documents to the panel. At that time, Mastriano’s lawyer told POLITICO that he and the committee had agreed the candidate would sit for a voluntary interview instead of a compelled deposition.
Parlatore has been frustrated by the committee’s apparent unwillingness to consider his proposals to address Mastriano’s concerns.
“Your refusal to even discuss this and instead demand a compelled deposition does not indicate any legitimate investigative interest and actually reveals an intent to misuse your committee to disseminate disinformation to improperly influence the outcome of an election.
“If we cannot agree on a reasonable arrangement for a voluntary interview, then we will have little choice but to go to court and litigate the issue.”
A spokesperson for the select committee declined to comment.