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Donald Trump issued a subpoena to appear before the Capitol Riot Investigation Committee on January 6


Former President Donald Trump received a subpoena on Friday from the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the United States Capitol.

The committee, which voted unanimously, demands Trump’s sworn testimony next month along with documents relevant to the investigation into the attack, which the panel says came after weeks of denying it. having lost the 2020 election to President Joe Biden.

The panel had said Oct. 13 that it would subpoena Trump, whose supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, as a joint session of Congress convened to confirm Biden’s victory.

“We recognize that subpoenaing a former president is an important and historic action,” the panel leaders wrote to Trump in a letter Friday.

“We do not take this step lightly.”

The committee chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Republican Vice President Liz Cheney of Wyoming, in the letter cited what they called Trump’s pivotal role in a “multi-part effort.” deliberate to reverse his defeat in the 2020 presidential election, and stay in power.

The subpoena says Trump would be deposed Nov. 14, after the midterm elections.

It is unclear whether Trump will comply with the subpoena.

Records requested by the House committee pursuant to the subpoena are due Nov. 4.

The recordings would include documentation of phone calls, text messages or communications sent via the Signal encrypted messaging app, as well as photos, videos and handwritten notes relevant to the probe’s scope.

Pro-Trump protesters storm the U.S. Capitol to challenge the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, U.S. January 6, 2021.

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The panel specifically requested submissions and a memorandum from 13 Trump allies and other Biden victory deniers, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Republican Horsefly Roger Stone, Lt. retired general Michael Flynn and former White House aide. Stephane Bannon.

Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison earlier on Friday for refusing to comply with his own committee subpoenas. He remains free pending the call.

In their letter to Trump, committee leaders Thompson and Cheney accused him of “maliciously” making false claims of voter fraud, “attempting to bribe the Department of Justice” to endorse those claims, pressuring the state officials to alter election results and oversaw efforts to submit bogus voters to the Electoral College.

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The letter also noted that he had pressured his Vice President, Mike Pence, to refuse to count Electoral College votes in the joint session of Congress.

“As demonstrated during our hearings, we have gathered overwhelming evidence, including from dozens of your former appointees and staff, that you personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-part effort to nullify the 2020 presidential election and make impediment to the peaceful transition of power,” the letter read.

“You were at the center of the first and only effort by a U.S. president to nullify an election and obstruct the peaceful transition of power, ultimately culminating in a bloody attack on our own Capitol and on Congress itself,” the letter reads.

Committee leaders pointed to the fact that seven presidents had testified before Congress after leaving office, most recently Gerald Ford, a Republican.

And at least two presidents, Ford and Abraham Lincoln, testified before Congress while serving in the White House, the letter notes.

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