Following a unanimous vote on October 13, the US House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack on the Capitol Committee Friday issued a subpoena to former President Donald Trump regarding his potential involvement in 2021 attack.
The subpoena, signed by Chairman Bennie Thompson, discusses Trump’s false assertions of election fraud and their contribution to the January 6, 2021, riot. It states:
You were at the center of the first and only effort by any U.S. President to overturn an election and obstruct the peaceful transition of power, ultimately culminating in a bloody attack on our own Capitol and on the Congress itself. The evidence demonstrates that you knew this activity was illegal and unconstitutional, and also knew that your assertions of fraud were false. But, to be clear, even if you now claim that you actually believed your own false election claims, that is not a defense; your subjective belief could not render this conduct justified, excusable or legal.
Trump is now obliged to testify about his relationships with multiple individuals connected with the January 6 attack. This includes Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, John Eastman and several others. The relevant documents are to be handed over by November 4, and a deposition hearing will commence on November 14. If Trump fails to comply, there could be contempt of Congress proceedings, similar to those under which Steven Bannon was recently convicted.
This subpoena comes just a week after Trump sent a letter to Thompson calling the Committee a “witch hunt of the highest level.”