Donald Trump Officially Subpoenaed By January 6 Committee: Will He Comply?

Zinger Key Points
  • The ‘January 6th Committee’ issued its subpoena to former President Donald Trump for his involvement in the Jan. 6 attacks.
  • The deposition testimony will begin on or about November 14, 2022.

The Jan. 6 Committee selected to oversee the investigation on the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol recently voted unanimously to subpoena former President Donald Trump to testify on his involvement in the attack.

What Happened: The subpoena was issued Friday and the former president will have to produce “relevant documentary material as set forth — by Nov. 4, 2022, followed by [Trump’s] participation in one or more days of deposition testimony, beginning on or about November 14, 2022,” the select committee wrote to Trump.

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Trump will have to substantiate the following:

  • His involvement in “purposefully and maliciously disseminating false allegations of fraud relating to the 2020 presidential election in order to aid your efforts to overturn the election and for purposes of soliciting contributions," the subpoena says. 
  • "Attempting to corrupt the Department of Justice, including by soliciting and enlisting Department officials to make false statements and aid [Trumps] effort to overturn the presidential election.
  • "Without any evidentiary bias, illegally pressuring state officials and legislators to change the result of the election in their states.
  • "Orchestrating and overseeing an effort to obtain and transmit false electoral certificates to Congress and the National Archives.
  • Despite knowing specifically that it was illegal, corrupting your own Vice President to unilaterally refuse to count electoral votes during Congress’s joint session on Jan. 6."

Why It Matters: Presidential subpoenas aren't unprecedented, as the committee noted that former presidents including John Quincey Adams, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and others have testified before Congress. 

It should be recalled that earlier this year, in an unrelated instance, Trump avoided a subpoena.

After failing to comply with a civil subpoena issued by the state attorney general for papers as part of an investigation into Trump's business activities, a New York judge found Trump in contempt of court in April.

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