On Friday, the January 6th Panel formally subpoenaed the documents and appearance of Former President Donald Trump. This was announced to be happening a week ago but with this official submission, the subpoena now has deadlines forcing Trump to make a decision on whether to comply.
The subpoena requires Trump to hand over documents related to the case before November 4th and make his in-person appearance before November 14th. This appearance date is significant because many conservative voices were concerned this testimony would affect the November 8th midterms more than it already has.
The panel chair and vice chair, Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), released a letter announcing this subpoena saying, “As demonstrated in our hearings, we have assembled overwhelming evidence … that you personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-part effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election.”
“In short, 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,” the letter continued.
When are you going to subpoena @SpeakerPelosi for refusing to secure the Capitol on January 6th by purposely refusing President Trump’s requests for the National Guard to protect the Capitol?
Nancy Pelosi knew the intelligence reports and wouldn’t bring in the NG. https://t.co/7f6VxzpOIJ
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) October 21, 2022
The letter declares the intent of the testimony as well as acknowledges the gravity of the moment. The letter also cites the many presidents in the past who have been subpoenaed to give perspective.
When news of his subpoena first broke, Trump released a 14-page frustrated and angry response, not clearly stating if he will comply or show up to future hearings.
Also on Friday, former Trump ally Steve Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison after he was convicted of contempt of congress, for defying the subpoena from the same January 6th committee.
“From the moment that the Defendant, Stephen K. Bannon, accepted service of a subpoena from the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol … he has pursued a bad-faith strategy of defiance and contempt,” prosecutors said.
There is an expected appeal coming for this case.
The turnout of Bannon’s case and appeal may determine the decisions the former President makes in how he handles this subpoena.
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