January Sixth Committee Officially Subpoenas Trump

Sean Kernan

The House Select Committee has sent an official demand for Trump to testify, in its investigation of the January 6th, 2021, attack on the US capital.

This carries the request for all relevant documents and testimony to be carried out under oath. The request does not demand Trump appear in an open hearing. If Trump refuses to testimony, he could be held in contempt of congress, which could lead to a referral to the Department of Justice for prosecution and potential imprisonment.

A source close to the president said Trump is willing to testify but Trump has yet to officially respond. This follows on the heel of a dramatic series of hearings over the insurrection, including accounts from police officers who were injured during the attack and witnesses who detailed the violence they saw firsthand.

On October 14th, President Donald Trump published a sharply worded letter criticizing the House Select Committee for its bias and failures in its investigation of the January 6th "riot".

The committee has given Trump until November 4th to turn over its documents. This demand was announced and all documents were released publicly to promote transparency in the investigation.

The committee wrote, "As demonstrated in our hearings, we have assembled overwhelming evidence, including from dozens of your former appointees and staff, that you personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-part effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election and to obstruct the peaceful transition of power,”

The committee wants Trump to testify about interactions with several individuals, including people on the same list who took the Fifth while being questioned by the committee. The vice chairwoman of the committee, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, said that getting Trump's testimony under oath is the key goal because so many of the witnesses close to Trump have evaded questioning by invoking their right against self-incrimination.

Conservative critics say that these investigations are a strategic play for the midterm elections. Early voting begins near the end of this month.

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