The House select committee of the Jan 6 Capitol Riot hearing wants to summon former United States president Donald Trump through a subpoena.
The Committee claimed they requested Trump’s testimony under oath and stated that Trump must provide any relevant documents by November 4 concerning the riot on Jan 6. Then, on or before November 14, Trump must come before the Court to provide his statement.
“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,” wrote the Committee to Trump.
As stated in the letter, the committee members allege that Trump intended to rig the election. Additionally, the members agree he had a big part in the Jan 6 rioting held in the Capitol.
“In short, you were at the center of the first and only effort by any US President to overturn an election and obstruct the peaceful transition of power. (This ultimately culminates) in a bloody attack on our own Capitol and on the Congress itself,” the letter added.
Legal team answers subpoena
Following the announcement, Trump and his legal counsel responded right away. David Warrington, Trump’s legal advisor, said that the decision is unprecedented. Meanwhile, the former president referred to the Committee’s statement as “a total bust.” He nonetheless assured the populace that they would respond to the demand following their examination.
“We understand that the Committee has publicly released a copy of its subpoena once again, flouting norms and appropriate and customary process. As with any similar matter, we will review and analyze it and will respond as appropriate to this unprecedented action,” he said.
“Why didn’t the Unselect Committee ask me to testify months ago? 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 divide further our Country, which, by the way, is doing very badly – A laughing stock all over the World?” Trump said.
The Jan 6 hearing and the subpoena
Should Trump answer the subpoena?
A subpoena is a document used to legally oblige someone to appear in Court or supply a document. Aziz Huq from the University of Chicago contends, however, that the Court must enforce the subpoena in order for Trump to be compelled to submit the document. As a result, Trump and his team must appear before the Court.
What if Trump refuses to cooperate?
If Trump resists, the Committee has two main legal remedies. One option is for prosecutors to find Trump guilty of contempt of Congress under a statute from 1857. The second is to bring a civil lawsuit or a criminal contempt case. This carries a potential $1,000 fine or jail sentence for Trump.
A Republican win could reverse Jan 6 hearing
Republicans would have enough control to rescind the subpoena against Trump if they triumph in the midterm elections. Furthermore, they have the authority to nullify the Jan 6 committee, relieving Trump of the legal issues it brought up.