Jan. 6 panel issues subpoena to Trump, demanding he testify


“We recognize that subpoenaing a former president is an important and historic action. We do not take this action lightly.”

Former President Donald Trump pauses during a speech during a rally at Minden Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nevada on October 8, 2022. AP Photo/José Luis Villegas, Pool, File

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol issued a subpoena to Donald Trump on Friday, exercising its subpoena power against the former president who lawmakers say “personally orchestrated” a multi-part effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

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The nine-member panel sent a letter to Trump’s attorneys, demanding his sworn testimony by Nov. 14 and outlining a request for a series of related documents, including personal communications between the former president and members of Congress. as well as extremist groups.

“We recognize that subpoenaing a former president is an important and historic action,” President Bennie Thompson and Vice President Liz Cheney wrote in the letter to Trump. “We do not take this step lightly.”

It’s unclear how Trump and his legal team will respond to the subpoena. He could comply or negotiate with the committee, announce that he will defy the subpoena or ignore it altogether. He could also go to court and try to arrest her.

The subpoena is the latest and most dramatic escalation in the House committee’s 15-month investigation into the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, bringing panel members into direct conflict with the man they are dealing with. investigated from afar through the testimony of aides, allies and associates.

The committee writes in its letter that it has gathered “overwhelming evidence” that Trump “personally orchestrated” an effort to reverse his own defeat in the 2020 election, including spreading false allegations of widespread voter fraud, “attempting to corrupt the Justice Department and lobbying state officials, members of Congress and his own vice president to try to alter the results.

But lawmakers say key details about what Trump was doing and saying during the siege remain unknown. According to the committee, the only person who can fill in the gaps is Trump himself.

The panel – made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans – approved Trump’s subpoena in a surprise vote last week. Each member voted in favour.

The next day, Trump posted a lengthy memo on Truth Social, his social media website, repeating his false allegations of widespread voter fraud and expressing his “anger, disappointment and complaint” that the committee was not investigating his allegations. . He made no mention of the subpoena.


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