Jan. 6 committee votes to subpoena Trump to testify under oath about the Capitol riot

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  • The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots voted to summon former President Donald Trump during Thursday’s public hearing.
  • Sources familiar with the committee’s plans told NBC that the move to summon Trump has been under consideration for some time.
  • The vote is the boldest move ever for the bipartisan panel, which has so far issued more than 100 summons and interviewed more than 1,000 people during its investigation.

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The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots voted unanimously in its public hearing on Thursday to tell former President Donald Trump about the actions surrounding the uprising.

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Efforts to force Trump to testify under oath have been under consideration for some time.

Vote marks boldest move for bipartisan panel ever released over 100 summons and interviewed more than 1,000 people during its investigation.

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Most of those witnesses have complied with the committee’s requests. But Trump is highly unlikely to willingly cooperate with the panel, which he repeatedly decried as a politically motivated witch hunt.

“We have an obligation to testify for Donald Trump,” committee chairman Rep. Benny Thompson, D-Miss, said before the vote.

Vice-Chair Representative Liz Cheney, R-Vy., who moved the motion for Thompson to be issued the subpoena, said it was an “important act” of the committee to compel the testimony of “the January 6 central player.”

He said that, of the nearly 30 witnesses who invoked the 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination during their testimony, many did so directly in response to questions about their dealings with Trump.

Those witnesses include Republican political activist Roger Stone, former Trump Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump supporter John Eastman, Cheney said.

He said that some prominent personalities have defied the summons. These include Steve Bannon, a former senior aide in Trump’s White House who was convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to testify.

Thompson clarified in his opening statement that Thursday’s presentation is not technically a hearing, but a “formal committee business meeting” so that members can potentially vote on further investigative action.

Just before the hearing was adjourned, the nine-member panel unanimously voted to direct Thompson to issue subpoenas for Trump.

Trump sparked a flurry of angry statements and posts on his social media platform Truth Social on Thursday against the January 6 investigation. “The committee is a total ‘bust’ which has only served to further divide our country,” read a post.

The committee’s ninth public hearing Thursday afternoon took a comprehensive look at the findings of its investigation, including new clips and information.

The panel kept the spotlight on Trump as it played clips of his former employees, who testified that they knew at the time that Trump lost the 2020 election to President Joe Biden.

The hearing also featured new clips of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and others calling several Trump administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, urging them to take action to stop the rioting as they confronted the crowd. were hidden. Capital.

The committee is tasked with investigating the facts and causes of the January 6, 2021 riots, when a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and forced lawmakers to flee their chambers to safety.

Trump, who never voted Biden, falsely claims that his victory was stolen through widespread voter fraud.

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