Trump Ally Mastriano Will Answer Jan.6 Questions Under Certain Rules—Lawyer

The January 6 House committee is expected to speak with Donald Trump ally, Douglas V. Mastriano, but he has outlined specific rules regarding his questioning, according to reports.

Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania served as a point person in the state for a plan to keep former President Trump in power following his election loss to Joe Biden, according to a New York Times report.

Mastriano's lawyer, Timothy C. Parlatore, has said his client is happy to answer the committee's questions but also highlighted some of his concerns in doing so.

This comes after Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, was raided by the FBI. The reason for the federal law enforcement's raid on Trump's estate is not yet clear. Some reports have said that it appears to be related to the possible mishandling of government secrets by the former president, which the Department of Justice is known to be investigating. Both the Department of Justice and the FBI have been contacted by Newsweek.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano gives a victory speech at his election-night party at The Orchards on May 17, 2022 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The January 6 House committee is expected to speak with Mastriano. Michael M. Santiago/Getty

Federal prosecutors have also reportedly questioned witnesses in the past about the president's behavior regarding the riot that occurred on January 6 but have not opened a criminal investigation into Trump himself.

Mastriano, who is currently a state senator, is set to speak with the committee in a virtual interview on Tuesday, however it is expected to be short because he plans to object to the panel's rules about video recording, according to the New York Times. He has taken issue with the committee's ability to edit his testimony and then release it.

"Senator Mastriano has nothing to hide and would be happy to answer [the committee's] questions," Parlatore said, according to the New York Times report.

"Our only concern is to prevent the committee from releasing misleading and edited portions while keeping the proper context hidden.

"Either release the entirety or let me make a copy and we have no issue.

"Unfortunately the committee has refused to discuss any arrangements other than to demand that they be allowed to exclusively control what portions can be released."

Mastriano was at the Capitol on the day of January 6, 2021. In May 2021, he released a statement, saying he followed police instruction.

"Contrary to the desperate claims of anonymous keyboard warriors, I followed the directions of the Capitol Police and respected all police lines as I came upon them," the statement read.

"Even disingenuous internet sleuths know that police lines did shift throughout the course of the day. I followed those lines as they existed."

The committee said it wanted to interview Mastriano because he spoke directly to Trump about "postelection activities," the New York Times reported.

Newsweek has contacted Doug Mastriano's lawyer, Trump and the January 6 committee for comment.

Mike Pompeo, the former secretary of state under Trump, is also expected to meet and speak with the committee.

In July, a biographer for Trump said the former president must now be feeling "rattled" as the committee continued to press on and investigate some of his former top Cabinet officials.

Tim O'Brien, the author of 2005's TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald said that he believes that the work of the Jan 6 committee "has convinced" high-ranking Trump officials to testify.

He added that it's "unfortunately very late in the process," but thought these ex-Cabinet members "took their cues" from other Republicans like former Attorney General Bill Barr, who testified before the committee, and Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who is vice-chair of the panel.