House committee Jan. 6 ‘in discussions’ with Trump lawyers to have him testify under oath, Cheney says

House committee Jan. 6 ‘in discussions’ with Trump lawyers to have him testify under oath, Cheney says


The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot is “in discussions” with former President Donald Trump’s lawyers about testifying under oath in the investigation, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the committee’s vice chairwoman, said Tuesday.

Cheney’s comments came days after CNN reported that Trump’s team had formally agreed to accept subpoenas issued by a House panel seeking documents and testimony from the former president. Publicly, the Trump team’s response was limited to a scathing letter sent to committee members attacking their work and a refusal to say whether Trump would agree to the affidavit.

Still, Trump faces a Friday deadline to respond to the committee’s subpoena and a Nov. 14 testimony deadline. Cheney said during an event on the threat of political violence in Cleveland, Ohio, that the former president “has an obligation to comply,” but the panel has not yet decided on the format of his potential testimony.

β€œIt will be done under oath. It will be done, potentially, over multiple days,” Cheney said, describing the committee’s preferences for Trump’s testimony. This is not a situation where the committee is at “the mercy of Donald Trump,” she added.

Cheney’s comments are the first indication that discussions between the two sides have begun, although it remains unclear how cooperative Trump’s team has been. A Trump spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The panel subpoenaed Trump on Oct. 21, demanding a wide array of documents and that Trump submit to an interview under oath beginning Nov. 14 and “continuing in subsequent days as needed.”

In the committee’s letter accompanying the subpoena, Trump was portrayed as the central figure in a multi-stage plan to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

This story has been updated with additional developments.

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