(Fwrd Axis) — The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol subpoenaed former President Donald Trump on Friday for testimony along with documents related to the deadly riot.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
The subpoena calls for Donald Trump to give testimony at the Capitol or by videoconference at 10 a.m. ET on November 14, which comes just a week after the midterm elections.
“As demonstrated in our hearings, we have assembled overwhelming evidence, including from dozens of your former appointees and staff, that you personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-part effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election and to obstruct the peaceful transition of power,” the committee’s leaders said in a letter to Trump.
“You took all of these actions despite the rulings of more than 60 courts rejecting your election fraud claims and other challenges to the legality of the 2020 presidential election, despite having specific and detailed information from the Justice Department and your senior campaign staff informing you that your election claims were false, and despite your obligation as president to ensure that the laws of our nation are faithfully executed,” the letter said. “In short, 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 committee plans to ask Trump about his conversations with former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Arizona GOP chair Kelli Ward, Roger Stone, attorney John Eastman and former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark — all of whom invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Additionally, the panel is also asking for documents from the former president, including his conversations with extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.
“He must be accountable,” chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said of Trump. “He is required to answer for his actions. He’s required to answer to those police officers who put their lives and bodies on the line to defend our democracy. He’s required to answer to those millions of Americans whose votes he wanted to throw out as part of his scheme to remain in power.”