The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol announced Friday that the panel has officially subpoenaed former President Donald Trump, painting him as the central figure in a multi-step plan to overturn the results. 2020 presidential election.
The committee issued the subpoena to try to compel Trump to testify under oath and hand over documents. The panel ordered Trump to return the documents by Nov. 4 and “one or more days of testimony beginning on or after Nov. 14.” Unlike previous subpoena announcements, the commission released the entire subpoena sent to Trump along with the documents it is seeking.
While it’s unclear whether Trump will comply with the subpoena, the action serves to set a precedent for the committee and make it clear that it wants information directly from Trump as the committee investigates the attack.
“As demonstrated in our hearings, we have gathered overwhelming evidence that you personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-pronged effort, including among your appointees and former employees, to abort the 2020 presidential election and obstruct the peaceful transition of power.” wrote the commission in its letter.
The panel summarizes what it presented in its hearings to show why it believes Trump “personally orchestrated and oversaw” the plan.
Trump and his legal team have been discussing how to respond to the subpoena, a source familiar with the situation told CNN, stressing that no firm decisions have been made. Trump has hired attorneys Harmeet Dhillon and Jim Trusty to take the lead in responding to the subpoena.
The former president posted a lengthy response criticizing Truth Social’s board after members voted unanimously to issue the subpoena, but did not say whether he would comply. Trump also shared a Fox story on Truth Social that he “loves the idea of testifying.” But Trump could also fight the subpoena in court, and that legal battle would likely outlast the commission’s term.
In its subpoena, the commission specifically demands that Trump turn over communications sent or received between November 3, 2020, and January 20, 2021, with a dozen of his close associates who have emerged as key players in the broader scheme. To cancel the 2020 elections.
The committee also said it wants to testify about Trump’s interactions with various people, including people on the same list, who asserted their Fifth Amendment rights when asked about the committee’s dealings with the former president.
The House committee’s latest public hearing, where members voted to issue subpoenas, served as a closing argument to the American public ahead of the midterm elections that Trump is at the center of a multifaceted plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
“It is our duty to seek testimony from Donald Trump,” the panel’s chairman, Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, said before the hearing’s subpoena vote.
Rep. Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, the committee’s vice chairwoman, said at the hearing that seeking Trump’s testimony under oath remains a “critical task” in response to several witnesses close to the former president asserting their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. to their interactions with Trump.
“We are forced to seek answers directly from the man who set this all in motion,” Cheney said, referring to Trump.