Jan. 6 select committee votes to subpoena Trump over testimony, documents related to Capitol assault

Washington — The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol unanimously voted on Thursday to issue a subpoena to former President Donald Trump for documents and testimony.

The 9-0 vote took place before the conclusion of a formal committee business meeting the panel summoned Thursday, in which all of its nine members made presentations on Trump’s campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and prevent the transfer of power. BNC News was the first to break news of the committee’s plans to vote on Trump’s subpoena.

“Thanks to the tireless work of our members and investigators, we have left no doubt, none, that Donald Trump led an effort to overthrow American democracy that directly resulted in the violence of January 6,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson. , the committee of the committee. President. “He tried to take away the voice of the American people in choosing their president and replace the will of the voters with his will to stay in power. He is the one person at the center of the story of what happened. January 6. So we want to hear it.”

Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, said it was the committee’s “obligation” to seek Trump’s testimony.

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Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and chairman of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, center, speaks during a hearing in Washington, DC, on Thursday, October 13, 2022.

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“It’s about accountability to the American people. They have to be accountable,” he continued. “He’s bound to answer for his actions. He’s bound to answer to those police officers who are putting their lives and their bodies on the line to defend our democracy. He’s bound to answer to the millions of Americans whose votes he wanted to reject in As part of its plan to stay in power, and whatever is in the works to ensure its accountability under the law, this committee will demand a full account from the American people of the events of January 6.

Representative Liz Cheney, the committee’s vice chair, moved the resolution that the committee direct the president to issue the subpoena to Trump for documents and testimony in connection with the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol building.

“Our duty today is to our country, our children and our Constitution,” she said. “We are compelled to seek answers directly from the man who set this all in motion. And we are entitled to the answers today, so we can act now to protect our republic.”

In a Publish on his Truth Social social media platform, Trump asked why the select committee hadn’t asked him to testify sooner.

“Why did they wait until the very end, the last moments of their last meeting? Because the Committee is a total ‘BUST’ that has only served to further divide our Country which, by the way, is doing very badly – A laughing stock all over the world?” he wrote.

Late Thursday night, he posted there again, saying, “The De-Selection Committee is a giant scam, chaired by a group of radical left losers and two failed Republicans, the likes of which our country has rarely seen before. AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” and promising to deliver more of his thoughts on Friday morning.

Thompson told reporters before the proceedings that the committee had “not ruled out” Trump’s subpoena. While delivering an opening statement at the start of the hearing, he noted that this was a formal committee business meeting, allowing members to “potentially hold a committee vote on other investigative measures based on such evidence”.

The vote to compel the former president to provide evidence is a dramatic escalation in the committee’s investigation, through which the panel conducted more than 1,000 interviews and depositions, including with a range of White House officials, members of Trump’s cabinet and campaign aides. Thompson noted the seriousness of the decision to subpoena Trump, calling it “a serious and extraordinary action” that warranted a vote in public view.

Members of the committee have repeatedly stated during its investigation publicly that they are considering asking Vice President Mike Pence to appear before them, but have not yet decided whether to do so. But when asked if the committee would subpoena the former vice president, Thompson said Thursday “no.” Before Thursday, they had also not yet said whether they had decided to issue a subpoena to the former president.

Trump will likely challenge the select committee’s subpoena. In the past, he has asked federal courts to intervene in congressional Democrats’ efforts to obtain his tax returns and financial records, as well as the select committee’s attempt to obtain Trump’s White House records. with the National Archives and Records Administration.

In January, the Supreme Court refused Trump’s request to block publication of his White House papers, and the committee received the records soon after. Only Judge Clarence Thomas noted that he would have granted Trump’s request to protect the records of House investigators.

As the committee held its meeting on Thursday, the Supreme Court refused a request Trump to intervene in a dispute over documents he brought with him from the White House to his South Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago, at the end of his presidency in January 2021. He there was no dissent noted.

During its year-long investigation, the select committee mapped out what it described as the former president’s multi-pronged effort to stay in office despite losing the 2020 election to President Biden.

These efforts, which were rooted in his baseless claims that the election was plagued by voter fraud, culminated in the January 6, 2021 assault on the US Capitol.

House investigators held eight public hearings over the summer, with Thursday’s proceedings, their ninth, likely being the last. Cheney said in his opening remarks that the focus of the meeting was “Trump’s mindset, his intent, his motivations and how he got others to do what he wants.” .

“The sheer weight of evidence presented so far has shown us that the central cause of January 6 was a man, Donald Trump, whom many others followed,” she said. “None of this would have happened without him. He was personally and substantially involved in all of this.”

In his closing remarks ahead of the Trump subpoena vote, Cheney said the committee had “enough information” to answer questions about the Jan. 6 assault, as well as “enough information” to consider criminal referrals to multiple individuals.

“But,” she said, “there remains a key task: we need to seek the sworn testimony of the central actor from January 6.”

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