House Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Trump In Final Public Hearing

by | Oct 13, 2022 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The House Jan. 6 Committee closed out its series of public hearings Thursday investigating Donald Trump’s coup attempt by subpoenaing the former president himself, describing him the “key player” of that day.“We must seek the testimony, under oath, of Jan. 6’s key player,” Vice Chair Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, said shortly before the committee voted unanimously to demand that Trump sit for a deposition and turn over relevant documents.Advertisement“We are obligated to seek answers directly from the man who set this all in motion. And every American is entitled to those answers, so we act now to protect our Republic,” Cheney said.With Republicans likely to take over the House in January, it is unclear how the committee could enforce a subpoena, though, given GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s loyalty to Trump.Trump’s staff did not respond to a HuffPost request for comment, and Trump, while posting frequently on his own social media website as the hearing adjourned, did not address the subpoena.In the two-and-a-half-hour hearing, the seven Democrats and two Republicans on the committee mainly offered a recap to the material they first presented in the eight hearings in June and July but also revealed some new material.AdvertisementCommittee members showed, for example, that the former president planned before a single vote had been counted to simply declare victory, regardless of the outcome.“This plan to declare victory was in place before any of the votes had been counted.”- Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)“This plan to declare victory was in place before any of the votes had been counted,” California Democrat Zoe Lofgren said, pointing to evidence collected from video of Trump adviser Roger Stone, testimony from former campaign manager Brad Parscale and a memo from Trump supporter Tom Fitton.She also played audio from Trump adviser Steve Bannon from days before the election in which he boasted that Trump was simply going to declare that he won. “If Biden is winning, Trump is going to do some crazy shit,” Bannon said.“It was intentional, it was premeditated, it was not based on any election results,” Lofgren said. “It was concocted in advance to convince his supporters that he won.”AdvertisementCalifornia Democrat Adam Schiff, meanwhile, detailed a string of emails the committee recently obtained from the Secret Service showing that the agency was aware of a flood of threats against members of Congress and Vice President Mike Pence on social media that had resulted from Trump’s lies about the election.Schiff said that by the time of his Jan. 6 rally, Trump was fully aware of how angry his supporters were and that many of them had brought weapons to the capital that day. “He knew they were armed and dangerous. All the better to stop the peaceful transfer of power.”A video of former U.S. President Donald Trump is played during a hearing by the U.S. House Jan. 6 committee on Oct. 13.POOL New via ReutersFellow California Democrat Peter Aguilar also cited Secret Service documents that showed that Tru …

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