The January 6th house committee, which is investigating the riots that took place on the date in 2021 at the US Capitol, has formally issued a subpoena to former US President Donald Trump. The committee had unanimously voted on subpoenaing Trump during its ninth hearing that took place on October 14, 2022.
According to the supoena, Trump will have to provide the Jan 6 committee with certain documents by November 4, 2022 while he will himself have to appear in front of the panel on or around November 14 for the commencement of his deposition testimony under oath.
A deposition testimony is videotaped and happens behind closed doors. However, details of the same can later be released to the public.
On Friday, the house committee sent a letter to Trump, in which it said, “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”.
While Trump has reportedly softened his approach when it comes to the Department of Justice’s investigation into the documents retrieved from Mar-a-Lago, he might plan to instead not cooperate with the January 6 committee and wait till the results of the upcoming midterm elections are declared. The Jan 6th committee’s mandate can end in early 2023 if the Republicans manage to win House majority.
In the letter sent to Trump, the committee further added, “…you were at the center of the first and only effort by any U.S. president to overturn an election and obstruct the peaceful transition of power, ultimately culminating in a bloody attack on our own Capitol and on the Congress itself”.
When the committee’s decision to subpoena Trump was revealed at the hearing, the former President had lashed out on his social media platform, TRUTH Social, asking, “Why did they wait until the very end, the final 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?”