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Trump Loyalists Are Running Out the Clock on the Jan. 6 Probe

Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon, and Trump himself are thwarting investigators with legal battles that may outlive the probe.
(Front, from left) Representatives Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) at a news conference on July 27 with other members of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

(Front, from left) Representatives Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) at a news conference on July 27 with other members of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Almost a year after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, close allies of former President Donald Trump are stonewalling the congressional panel investigating the insurrection. Despite compiling evidence and sharing vivid glimpses of how key figures in the Republican political and media worlds responded as the attack unfolded, the House committee has so far been thwarted in its efforts to get firsthand accounts from Trump’s inner circle about what the president knew and did that day.

That insider testimony may never arrive. A succession of Trump partisans has been trying to stall the investigation with a legal battle that’s unlikely to be resolved anytime soon.