The committee is demanding his testimony and documents related to evidence it says proves that Trump played a “central role” in the attempt to overturn the 2020 election, sparked the violent mob attack on the Capitol that has followed and escalated it as the police tried to regain control. The subpoena gives Trump until Nov. 4 to produce documents and sets Nov. 14 as the filing date.
Spokespersons and lawyers for the former president did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
“The evidence demonstrates that you knew this activity was illegal and unconstitutional,” Thompson and Vice President Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) wrote in a letter accompanying the subpoena, “and also knew that your claims of fraud were false.”
Investigators have requested all records of Trump’s communications on January 6 via the encrypted Signal app or other means, including contacts with members of Congress from mid-December 2020 through January 6, 2021.
The subpoena demanded documents related to any plans to influence lawmakers and state and local officials to delay or change certification of the presidential election or for alternative lists of voters pledged to Trump in won states. by Biden. Efforts to name the alternative voter lists became the focus of a parallel Justice Department investigation.
Investigators identified records linked to members of Congress, specifically Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), who was part of both the select panel investigation and the DOJ investigation for his ties to Trump’s efforts to nullify the election. Perry had lobbied for DOJ official Jeffrey Clark, who was seen as more sympathetic to voter fraud investigations, to be elevated within the department.
The committee is also looking for any evidence of potential obstruction of its own investigation, specifically asking for records of Trump’s contacts with witnesses, their lawyers and with a former deputy White House chief of staff, Tony Ornato, whose own testimony on on January 6 was challenged by the jury. The committee also wants all records of Trump “directly or indirectly” paying legal fees for certain witnesses and “finding, offering, or discussing employment for those witnesses.”
The committee obtained voluntary interviews with hundreds of witnesses and received testimony and documents from dozens more under subpoenas, during its year-long investigation. The panel also subpoenaed the phone records of hundreds of witnesses.
More than two dozen witnesses have filed lawsuits to block the select committee’s efforts to obtain testimony or phone records, and some of those lawsuits have been going on for nearly a year. Congress has never been successful in enforcing a subpoena against a former president, and litigation over it could drag out the process.
Trump has hiring a law firm, the Dhillon Law Group, to engage with the select panel on the subpoena. The firm has already represented several witnesses who appeared before the panel, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Trump ally Seb Gorka and Women for America First co-founder Amy Kremer.