Jan 6 Committee Subpoenas Trump

The US House Jan. 6 committee on Friday subpoenaed former Pres. Trump, alleging he "personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-part effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election and to obstruct the peaceful transition of power.”

Jan 6 Committee Subpoenas Trump
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Facts

  • The US House Jan. 6 committee on Friday subpoenaed former Pres. Trump, alleging he "personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-part effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election and to obstruct the peaceful transition of power.”
  • The subpoena demands Trump provide documents by Nov. 4, and appear under oath either in-person or virtually for “one or more days of deposition testimony beginning on or about November 14.”
  • There is the possibility Trump fights the subpoena legally, though committee co-chairs Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) argue they have the precedent of multiple former presidents both testifying before and providing documents to congressional committees.
  • The specific documents being requested include communications records between Trump and his allies — including Steve Bannon, Rudy Giuliani, Roger Stone, and Michael Flynn.
  • The subpoena comes on the same day Bannon was sentenced to prison for contempt of Congress. Should Trump defy his order, it's unknown whether the Dept. of Justice would press charges.
  • The timeframe of potential legal battles is important, as a new Congress will be elected in November and, if the House becomes majority-Republican in January, the Jan. 6 committee could very well be disbanded.

Sources: Daily Wire, CNN, Washington Examiner, CNBC, and Guardian.

Narratives

  • Pro-Trump narrative, as provided by FOX News. This unethical "committee" will continue to backfire on Democrats as the November midterms approach. With a Republican majority set to take over the House and many committee members likely to lose their seats, this political theater will likely be dissolved. Trump has little reason to be concerned whatsoever.
  • Democratic narrative, as provided by Huffington Post. Despite losing the 2020 election by millions of votes, Trump decided to become the first president in history not to peacefully hand over the reins of power. His traitorous actions alone justify the subpoena, and centuries of historical precedent mean he must oblige the committee's legal demand and testify before Congress. This announcement is a major step on the road to accountability.

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