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

U.S. Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell and Metropolitan Police Department Officer Daniel Hodges, who were both injured defending the Capitol and members of Congress on January 6, 2021, watch the House of Commons Select Committee United States investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol play a video of former President Donald Trump declaring he won the presidential election on 2020 election night during their public hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 13, 2022.

Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters

The House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Voted Unanimously during his public hearing Thursday to subpoena the former president donald trump on his actions around the insurgency.

The decision to try to force Trump to testify under oath has been under consideration for some time.

The vote marks the boldest step yet for the bipartisan panel, which has so far issued over 100 subpoenas and interviewed more than 1,000 people during its investigation.

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

“It is our obligation to seek testimony from Donald Trump,” committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said before the vote.

Representative for Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who introduced the resolution for Thompson to issue the subpoena, said it was a “key job” of the committee to compel the testimony of “the ‘central actor of January 6’.

She noted that, of the 30 witnesses who invoked the 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination while testifying, several did so directly in response to questions about their relationship with Trump.

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

She added that some key figures have defied subpoenas, such as Steve Bannon, a former senior White House aide to Trump who was found in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify.

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

Just before the hearing adjourned, the nine-member panel voted unanimously to order Thompson to issue the subpoena to Trump.

The committee’s ninth public hearing on Thursday afternoon reviewed the findings of their investigation, interspersed with new clips and information.

The nine-member panel shone a spotlight on Trump by playing clips of his former employees, who testified that they knew at the time that Trump had lost the 2020 election to President Joe Biden.

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

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