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Trump issued a subpoena on January 6, an “orchestrated” effort to cancel the 2020 election


Donald Trump has been formally subpoenaed by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

The subpoena requires Trump to deliver the documents by Nov. 4 and to appear for one or more days of sworn testimony beginning Nov. 14.

“We recognize that a subpoena to a former president is an important and historic step,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo wrote Friday. “We do not take this step lightly.”

Thompson previously said the committee had an “obligation” to seek an interview with the former president, who they say was at the heart of a coup attempt to stay in power.

“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 transfer of power,” the committee chairmen wrote on Friday.

That effort, Thompson and Cheney wrote, included attempts to “bribe the Justice Department” and “maliciously disseminate false allegations of fraud” as well as “summon tens of thousands” of supporters to Washington.

The unanimous decision to compel Trump to testify came at the end of the panel’s tenth – and possibly final – hearing, which again focused on Trump’s behavior in the days before and after the riot.

The committee wants Trump to testify about his interactions with several people who invoked their Fifth Amendment rights when questioned by the committee. This list includes his former political adviser Roger Stone; former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn; former Trump election lawyer John Eastman; former Trump Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark; and Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party’s Kelli Ward.

“These Fifth Amendment assertions — made by people you interacted with — directly related to you and your conduct,” the two panel leaders wrote in their letter Friday. “They provide specific examples where your truthful testimony under oath will be important.”

On Friday, the committee said the deposition, which is under oath, will be presented to investigators and committee members. But the subpoena does not specifically request that Trump appear for a hearing.

“In short, you were at the center of the first and only effort by an American president to nullify an election and obstruct the peaceful transition of power, ultimately culminating in a bloody attack on our own capital and on Congress itself,” said Thompson and Cheney wrote on Friday. “The evidence demonstrates that you knew this activity was illegal and unconstitutional, and that you also knew your claims of fraud were false. But, to be clear, even though you know you are claiming you actually believed your own false claims elections, this is no defense; your subjective belief could not make this condo justified, excusable or legal.”

Trump first responded to the committee’s vote to subpoena him in a series of posts on his conservative Truth Social social media platform.

“Why didn’t the screening committee ask me to testify months ago? Trump wrote, calling the committee a “total BUST.”

Former President Donald Trump is shown on a screen as the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 13, 2022.

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Later, in a memo to Thompson, Trump continued to denounce the committee but did not respond to the subpoena.

“Despite very poor television ratings, the screening committee perpetuated a show trial unlike this country has ever seen before,” Trump said in the letter, in which he also continued to do so. false statements about the 2020 elections.

Trump has told his advisers he would welcome a live appearance, according to sources familiar with his thinking, but has yet to say publicly if he would cooperate.

Cheney said there was “no disagreement” among the members on whether to subpoena Trump.

“We all felt that our obligation was to seek his testimony, that the American people deserved to hear it directly, that it should be under oath, that he should be held accountable,” Cheney said this week at a an appearance before a Harvard Institute of Politics Forum.

Cheney said she “assumes Trump will fulfill his legal obligation and honor the subpoena.”

“If that doesn’t happen, we’ll take the necessary steps after that,” Cheney said. “But I don’t want to go too far down that road at this point.”

PICTURED: Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Oct. 9, 2022, in Mesa, Arizona.

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Oct. 9, 2022, in Mesa, Arizona.

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Experts said if Trump refuses to cooperate, the committee could ask the entire House to scorn him and refer the matter to the Justice Department for prosecution – which he has done for four other people connected in the January 6 survey.

Trump could also try to drag the case out by fighting the subpoena in court, experts said.

The Jan. 6 committee is expected to conclude its investigation by the end of this year by issuing a final report of its findings and recommendations.

ABC News

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