Trump’s former personal assistant appears before Jan. 6 committee


Nick Luna served as Trump’s body man in the West Wing.

Former President Donald Trump’s White House personal aide Nick Luna appeared virtually Monday before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, multiple sources told ABC. News.

Luna, who served as Trump’s body man in the West Wing, was originally subpoenaed by the committee in November. He got a short postponement in December but has already engaged with the committee ahead of Monday’s virtual appearance.

The panel said Luna was with the former president on Jan. 6 and was nearby when Trump called former Vice President Mike Pence that morning and urged Pence not to certify the election results. of 2020.

A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment on the witness appearances.

The committee already has direct knowledge of Trump’s Jan. 6 phone call with Pence from retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who served as Pence’s national security adviser.

Depending on how much contact Luna had with Trump, Luna’s testimony to the committee may shed more light on Trump’s state of mind that day.

In a recent legal filing that cited interview transcripts, official documents and emails, the committee argued that Trump was repeatedly told by aides and allies that he had lost the election. , and suggested he was knowingly spreading unsubstantiated fraud allegations — an allegation that could have implications for a possible criminal case against Trump in the future.

Since last year, the committee has conducted more than 600 interviews and issued more than 75 subpoenas, interviewing other White House officials and obtaining thousands of pages of White House filings from Trump on an ongoing basis. .

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., recently told reporters that the panel aims to wrap up interviews with potential witnesses in the coming weeks and could begin another round of public hearings as early as May.

ABC News

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