Jan. 6 Capitol riot committee subpoenas former President Donald Trump

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  • Former President Donald Trump was issued a summons on Friday by the House Select Committee probing the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.
  • On October 13 the panel said it would summon Trump, whose supporters stormed the Capitol as a joint session of Congress met to ratify the election of President Joe Biden.
  • Committee chair Representatives Benny Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Vy., cited in a letter to Trump that they put their central government in a deliberate attempt to reverse their losses in the 2020 presidential election. What was the role called? remain in power.

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Former President Donald Trump was released A summons on Friday by the Select Committee of the House probing the January 6 riots in the US Capitol.

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The committee, which voted unanimously on the move, is seeking Trump’s testimony under oath next month as well as records related to the investigation into the attack, which the panel noted weeks after it sent President Joe Biden There was a denial of losing the 2020 election.

The panel said on October 13 that it would summon Trump, whose supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, after a joint session of Congress confirmed Biden’s victory.

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

“We do not take this action lightly.”

Committee chair Representatives Benny Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Vyo. cited in the letter what he called Trump’s central role in a deliberate, “multi-part effort” to reverse his losses in 2020. to elect the President and remain in power.

The summons said Trump would be deposed on November 14 after the midterm election.

It is unclear whether Trump will comply with the summons.

“Like any similar case, we will review and analyze it, and respond appropriately to this unprecedented action,” said David A. Warrington, partner at Dhillon Law Group, the firm representing Trump in the summons case. In a statement sent by a Trump spokesperson to NBC News, Warrington also publicly accused the committee of “violating norms” by issuing the summons.

The records being sought by the House Committee as per the summons are due November 4.

Records include telephone calls, text messages, or documents of communications sent via the encrypted messaging app Signal, as well as photos, videos, and handwritten notes relating to the scope of the investigation.

The panel specifically asked for communications and memos from 13 Trump aides and fellow denialists of Biden’s victory, among them former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Republican gadfly Roger Stone, retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and former White House officials. Allies included. Stephen Bannon.

Bannon was sentenced on Friday to four months in prison for refusing to comply with the same committee’s summons. He remains free pending appeal.

In their letter to Trump, committee leaders Thompson and Cheney accused him of making false allegations of “malicious” election fraud, “attempting to corrupt the Justice Department” to support those claims, with the state’s Pressured officials to change election results, and oversaw efforts. Submit false voters to the Electoral College.

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The letter also noted that he pressured his vice president, Mike Pence, to refuse to count the votes of the Electoral College during a joint session of Congress.

“As shown in our hearing, we have gathered overwhelming evidence, including dozens of your former appointees and employees, that you personally have been involved in a multi-part effort to reverse the 2020 presidential election and hinder the peaceful transition of power. did.” The letter said.

“You were at the center of the first and only attempt by any US President to overturn the election and obstruct the peaceful transition of power, which ultimately culminated in a bloody attack on our own Capitol and Congress,” the letter said.

Committee leaders pointed to the fact that seven presidents had testified to 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 noted.

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