Two days before his planned deposition, Jason Kessler defers questions to his lawyer

Lawyers for far-right activist Jason Kessler have postponed depositions of at least a dozen people who joined him and his allies planning violence at the site of the rally where anti-Nazi demonstrators clashed with…

Two days before his planned deposition, Jason Kessler defers questions to his lawyer

Lawyers for far-right activist Jason Kessler have postponed depositions of at least a dozen people who joined him and his allies planning violence at the site of the rally where anti-Nazi demonstrators clashed with Kessler’s supporters, among them both white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

The decision to postpone was reached last week in a conference call with the lawyers of the security detail of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was one of five people wounded in the shooting, and two law enforcement officials who were the target of a death threat after the shooting.

The decision leaves in limbo the deposition of another person on the list of donors Kessler cited who he said gave $6,000 to his campaign committee, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and a nonprofit his group later filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

A deposition of Kessler, himself a Trump supporter, who has said he attended one of the planned protests, was initially scheduled for April 14. It had not been rescheduled by Monday.

Since the shooting, at least one of Kessler’s backers has been charged with making a threat of death to Scalise’s wife, Camille. A second man has been charged with making a threat of physical violence to Scalise’s office.

Six people, including Scalise, were hit by bullets. Several opponents of the violent demonstrators or counterprotesters have also been charged.

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