The House select committee looking into the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, said on Friday that it has formally served a subpoena on former President Donald Trump because it believes he is the key player in the elaborate scheme to rescind the results of the 2020 election.
The committee issued the subpoena in an effort to persuade Trump to take a deposition and submit documents under oath. Trump must submit the requested paperwork by November 4 and provide “one or more days of deposition testimony beginning on or about November 14,” according to the panel.
The committee revealed the whole subpoena it sent to Trump along with the materials it is seeking, unlike previous subpoena announcements. The subpoena is a way for the committee to lay down a flag and make it plain that they want information straight from Trump while the panel examines the attack, even though it is unclear whether Trump will abide by it.
The committee stated in its letter that it had gathered “overwhelming evidence,” which it had presented in its hearings, “that you directly planned and managed a multi-part attempt to reverse the 2020 presidential election and to prevent the peaceful transition of power.”
The panel provides an overview of the evidence it provided throughout the hearings to support its assertion that Trump “personally organised and oversaw” the plot. A person with knowledge of the situation told CNN that Trump and his legal team had been debating how to respond to the subpoena while emphasising that no decisions had been made.
The Jan. 6 House select committee unanimously voted Thursday to issue a subpoena to former President Trump, capping off what could be its final hearing by laying out the case that Trump was premeditated in his attempts to overturn the 2020 election.https://t.co/SkzeAHCLyb
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 13, 2022
Jim Trusty and Harmeet Dhillon are the attorneys who Trump has chosen to head the charge in answering the subpoena. After the committee unanimously decided to subpoena the former president, he wrote a lengthy statement on Truth Social denouncing the committee without indicating if he would comply.
Also lately, Trump posted a Fox article on Truth Social in which it was stated that he “loves the notion of testifying.” Trump may, though, dispute the subpoena in court, which would certainly outlive the committee’s purview.
Jan. 6 Committee votes to subpoena Donald Trump: ‘He is required to answer for his actions’ https://t.co/ACpywbh5YH
— Sarah D. Wire (@sarahdwire) October 13, 2022
Trump’s central role in the complex scheme to rig the 2020 presidential election was made clear to the American people during the House committee’s most recent public hearing, where members decided to subpoena him. This was done in anticipation of the midterm elections.
Before the subpoena vote during the hearing, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi said, “It is our duty to demand Donald Trump’s testimony.” The vice chairwoman of the committee and a Republican, Wyoming’s Rep.
Liz Cheney stated during the hearing that getting Trump to testify under oath is still “a key task” given that several people who were close to the former president have cited the Fifth Amendment’s prohibition against self-incrimination in response to their interactions with Trump. Cheney said, alluding to Trump, “We are obliged to demand answers directly from the man who set this all in motion.”