Capitol Storm: Donald Trump to be subpoenaed by Investigative Committee
Republican Donald Trump at a partisan rally in Arizona, ahead of the midterm elections, October 9, 2022
Congressional committee investigating Donald Trump's role in The Capitol Storm, which occurred on January 6, 2021, voted unanimously on Thursday to subpoena the former president to appear before its members, because “he is bound to answer for his deeds,” according to its leader.
Will the Republican billionaire comply with the summons? He didn't say so in his first reaction to the news, but he strongly denounced elected officials.
Why didn't the committee tell me not asked to testify months ago? Why did they wait until the very end, until the last moments of their last meeting? Because the commission is a total FIASCO that has only served to further divide our country, he wrote on his social network Truth Social.
Earlier, the committee had voted unanimously to subpoena him.
Donald Trump is the person at the center of the #x27;history, of what happened on January 6th. So we want to hear it, its president Bennie Thompson told a public hearing. He must be accountable. He is held to account for his actions, he added.
But it's also about the committee doing all they can to tell the fullest story possible and provide recommendations to help ensure that nothing like the 6 January does not happen again in the future, he continued.
The mission of the committee, made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, is to shed light on the behavior of the president before, during and after the attack on the Capitol, which had shocked the whole world.
On that day, January 6, 2021, supporters of Donald Trump stormed the seat of Congress to try to prevent elected officials from certifying the victory of his Democratic rival, Joe Biden. The billionaire continues to maintain against all evidence that the ballot was stolen from him.
Supporters of Donald Trump try to cross a police barrier, Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
Thursday, before his shock announcement, the committee had unrolled the thread of events as drawn by its investigations, showing that the former president had planned well for the ahead of declaring victory in the 2020 election, even before the results are known.
His intention was clear, ignore the rule of law and stay in power, said Republican Adam Kinzinger.
Democrat Zoe Lofgren spoke of a premeditated plan of the President to declare victory, regardless of the true outcome. Her victory speech was planned well in advance, before the votes were counted, she added.
In support of their statements, the elected officials screened several videos of the former president, some of his relatives or former employees of the White House.
In images shot just before the 2020 presidential election by a Danish team for a documentary, Roger Stone, a longtime ally of the former Republican president, can be heard saying that he doesn' #x27;what to do with the vote.
Fuck the vote, let's go straight to violence, he says.
Roger Stone is a longtime ally of US President Donald Trump.
M . Stone, who has not been charged in connection with Jan. 6, disputed the authenticity of the videos, saying they were manipulated.
The committee also replayed a recording of a call from Donald Trump to Brad Raffensperger, Georgia's secretary of state, in which the ex-president says he needs some 11,000 ballots. to his name – enough to beat his rival Joe Biden in this southern state.
The committee also uncovered material from hundreds of thousands of pages provided by the Secret Service , the elite police in charge of the close protection of the high personalities of the State. The elected officials want to understand why certain text messages from agents, sent on the day of the assault, were deleted.
The documents confirm evidence presented at previous hearings that Mr. Trump inflamed the crowd of his supporters despite being told of the potential for violence, the report said. ;elected Adam Schiff.
Since its inception, the committee has interviewed more than a thousand witnesses, including two children of Donald Trump, and reviewed tens of thousands of documents .
The investigation report is due to be made public by the end of the year, but probably not before the November 8 parliamentary elections which will determine the party called to control Congress for the remainder of President Biden's term.
Panel members have openly suggested that Justice Secretary Merrick Garland should indict Donald Trump in connection to the attack on the Capitol. The committee itself has not officially said whether it will recommend any referrals.