On January 6, Donald Trump issued a subpoena to the Commission to Investigate the Capitol riots
Former President Donald Trump was issued subpoena Friday by a House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots in the US Capitol.
The committee, which voted unanimously on the move, is demanding sworn testimony from Trump next month as well as records relevant to the investigation into the assault, which the panel noted came after he denied for weeks that he lost the 2020 election to the president Joe Biden.
The commission announced on Oct. 13 that it would invite Trump, whose supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, as a joint session of Congress convened to confirm Biden’s victory.
“We recognize that subpoenaing the former president is a significant and historic action,” commission leaders wrote to Trump in a letter Friday.
“We do not take this action lightly.”
Chairman of the Board, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Republican Vice President Liz Cheney of Wyoming, in the letter, outlined what they called Trump’s central role in a deliberate, “multi-pronged effort” to reverse his 2020 presidential loss and stay in office.
The subpoena states that Trump will be impeached on Nov. 14, after the midterm elections.
It is not clear whether Trump will comply with the invitation.
The minutes requested by the Representative Committee in accordance with the invitation should be delivered on November 4.
The records would include documentation of phone calls, text messages or communications sent through the encrypted messaging app Signal, as well as photographs, videos and handwritten notes relevant to the scope of the probe.
Pro-Trump protesters storm the US Capitol to challenge the US Congress’ certification of the results of the 2020 US presidential election, at the US Capitol building in Washington, DC, the US on January 6, 2021.
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The panel specifically sought communications and memos from 13 Trump allies and colleagues who deny Biden’s victory, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Republican gadfly Roger Stone, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and former White House aide Stephen Bannon.
Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison earlier Friday for refusing to comply with the committee’s own subpoenas. He remains free pending appeal.
In their letter to Trump, committee leaders Thompson and Cheney accused him of “maliciously” making false claims of election fraud, “attempting to corrupt the Justice Department” into supporting those claims, pressuring state officials to change election results and overseeing efforts to submit fake voters to the Electoral College.
The letter also said he pressured his Vice President, Mike Pence, to reject a recount of the Electoral College vote during a joint session of Congress.
“As demonstrated in our hearings, we have collected overwhelming evidence, including dozens of your former appointees and staff, that you personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-pronged effort to derail the 2020 presidential election and obstruct a peaceful transition of power,” it said. the letter.
“You were at the center of the first and only attempt by any American president to overturn an election and obstruct a peaceful transition of power, ultimately culminating in a bloody attack on our own Capitol and Congress itself,” the letter said.
Committee leaders pointed to the fact that seven presidents have testified before Congress after leaving office, the last being Gerald Ford, a Republican.
And at least two presidents, Ford and Abraham Lincoln, testified before Congress while serving in the White House, according to the letter.
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