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.
Trump faces a Friday deadline to respond to the committee’s subpoena and Nov. 14 to testify. 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.
“It will be done under oath. It will be done, potentially, over the course of several days,” Cheney said, adding that this is not a situation where the committee is “at the mercy of Donald Trump.”
CNN previously reported that Trump’s lawyers had accepted service of the committee’s subpoena, but Cheney’s comments are the first indication that discussions between the two sides have begun.
CNN is reaching out to Trump’s legal team about Cheney’s comments on Tuesday.
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.
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