Jan 6. Committee: Trump Defies Subpoena

According to a joint statement released by Jan. 6 Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and co-Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), former president Trump failed to attend his deposition testimony, defying a subpoena issued in October compelling him to give evidence on our near Nov. 14.

Jan 6. Committee: Trump Defies Subpoena
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Facts

  • According to a joint statement released by Jan. 6 Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and co-Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), former president Trump failed to attend his deposition testimony, defying a subpoena issued in October compelling him to give evidence on our near Nov. 14.
  • Thompson and Cheney stated that the committee will "evaluate the next steps... regarding the former President's noncompliance." Trump sued the committee on Nov. 11 to challenge the subpoena, according to filings in a federal court in Florida.
  • He asked the court on Friday to block the enforcement of the subpoena, which, alongside a deposition, demanded the former president hand over records of any communications he may have had regarding groups involved in the Capitol riots.
  • As part of the lawsuit, Trump described the subpoena as "invalid," arguing that "the Committee did not issue the Subpoena to further a valid legislative purpose" and it violates both "executive privilege" and the former president's "First Amendment rights."
  • While the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) has sought indictments against two former Trump aides — Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro — for also defying the committee's subpoenas, prosecutors may not seek similar approaches against an ex-president under current circumstances.

Sources: Reuters, CNN, NBC, FOX News, and Independent.

Narratives

  • Democratic narrative, as provided by Guardian. Trump is facing mounting pressure from the January 6 committee as well as the GOP following lackluster midterm results. While Trump may throw his hat into the 2024 ring, he is a divisive force that may split the Republican Party.
  • Pro-Trump narrative, as provided by BreitBart. Trump is looking extremely strong in the polls as a 2024 announcement is near. While Democrats brand Trump and the MAGA movement "deplorable" as they seek to attack the former president, we should remember that they also urged witchhunts against Trump and his supporters. Never underestimate the former president.

Predictions