The committee has been negotiating terms for Mastriano’s deposition for weeks, but the two sides still haven’t reached an agreement on whether his lawyer would be allowed to film the deposition or have access to the full committee recording. after the fact, the source said. . As a result, Mastriano’s appearance on Tuesday is expected to be brief and could end when the panel attempts to swear him in, the source added.
Mastriano was a key figure in Trump’s effort to cancel the 2020 election.
He went out of his way to advance then-President Donald Trump’s election lies – spearheading a fake legislative ‘hearing’ at a Gettysburg hotel weeks after the 2020 election, where Trump and his attorney at the time, Rudy Giuliani, made false claims about voter fraud. Mastriano also chartered buses to bring Trump supporters to Washington on January 6. And he was briefly in charge of the Pennsylvania State Senate’s partisan “audit” of the 2020 election.
His behind-the-scenes role in helping Trump attempt to overturn the election has come under intense scrutiny after the Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee released a report last year exposing Mastriano’s correspondence with the Department of Justice in late 2020, where he spread debunked fraud allegations.
Last week, Mastriano threatened to quit a scheduled deposition before the House Select Committee unless the panel agrees to his terms, which could lead to a court battle over his testimony.
In a letter to the committee, his lawyer, Tim Parlatore, said he would withdraw from a scheduled deposition unless they could agree to certain accommodations. Parlatore asks that he can film the deposition, keep the footage in escrow and release portions of it later, if the committee publicly releases clips that he says would need additional context.
Tuesday’s interview is scheduled to be virtual and begin at 10 a.m. ET, the source said.
A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment.