Jan. 6 Committee Formally Subpoenas Donald Trump

by | Oct 21, 2022 | Politics

The House select committee investigating Donald Trump’s coup attempt culminating in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol subpoenaed the former president Friday, almost certainly setting up a legal battle over his likely refusal to honor the summons.The subpoena commands Trump to submit evidence by Nov. 4, and sit for a deposition on Nov. 14.“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 obstruct the peaceful transfer of power,” states an accompanying letter signed by the committee chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), and the vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).AdvertisementTrump’s staff did not respond to a HuffPost request for comment, and by mid-afternoon Friday, Trump had not reacted to the subpoena on his personal social media platform, Truth Social.The letter to Trump says he “purposefully and maliciously” spread lies about “fraud” in the election, tried to corrupt the Department of Justice into making false statements to help him, orchestrated and oversaw a scheme to submit fake electors to the National Archives and Congress, and pressured his own vice president to unilaterally declare him the winner of the election on Jan. 6, 2021.It also notes that he filed “false information, under oath, in federal court,” and summoned his followers to Washington, D.C., “knowing they were angry and some were armed, [and] sending them to the Capitol.”The letter specifically mentions his 2:24 p.m. social media post condemning Vice President Mike Pence for refusing to help further his scheme and then his failure to take any action “for hours” while his mob attacked the Capitol and he watched on television from the White House.Advertisement“We recognize that a subpoena to a former president is a significant and historic action. We do not take this action lightly,” the letter states, pointing out the previous presidents, including John Quincy Adams, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and Gerald Ford had all testified before Congress after leaving office.The subpoena asks for 19 separate categories of records, including every communication he sent or received on Jan. 6, all his communications regarding the planning for that day, and his messages with others involved in his rally prior to the mob attack or his fake elector scheme, including Roger Stone, Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Mike Flynn, Sid …

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