UNITED STATES: The House of Representatives committee looking into Donald Trump supporters’ attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, received an order on Friday requiring the former President to testify under oath and submit documents.
The committee claimed to have served Trump with a subpoena asking him to appear for deposition testimony commencing on or around November 14 and to provide documents to the panel by November 4 by way of the subpoena.
Deposition testimony frequently refers to a witness being questioned behind closed doors and on camera for the record. Such testimony might be made public and included in the special panel’s final report.
On Friday, the committee sent a letter to Trump, “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 is requesting a wide range of documents from Trump that would describe any communications he may have had with lawmakers, Oath Keepers and Proud Boys members, associates and former aides like Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, and Rudy Giuliani, over the course of several months prior to the January 6 riot and beyond.
Additional documents, texts, and emails are being sought that outline potential trips to the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Communications relating to efforts to persuade state legislatures or politicians to take measures that would have postponed Congress’ certification of the presidential election or changes in states that would have certified a different slate of “electors” who would have supported declaring Trump the victor of the 2020 election.
Trump, who frequently refers to the committee as the “unselect committee,” has claimed that it is unfairly attacking him politically while ignoring his claims of widespread election fraud.
If Republicans take back control of the House in the upcoming midterm elections, he is unlikely to cooperate with the subpoena and may instead choose to try to extend the life of a committee whose term is expected to finish early in the following year.
On January 6, 2021, thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol after Trump gave an impassioned speech at a rally close to the White House in which he falsely claimed that Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over him in the 2020 presidential election was the product of fraud.