The panel investigating the attack on the US Capitol in January 2021 summoned former President Donald Trump on Thursday. It’s a rare escalation of the investigation. Previously, the congressional committee had tried to hold Trump more responsible for the attack with new evidence. In a row over the evaluation of the confiscated confidential documents, the Supreme Court meanwhile denied Trump’s request.
If Trump does not obey the subpoena to testify under oath before the Capitol Committee, the House of Representatives can report him to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress. Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, for example, has already been convicted of this. However, time is running out. A new House of Representatives will be elected on November 8th. The committee must have completed its work by the end of the year — before the newly elected House of Representatives begins its work in January. Even if Trump does follow the subpoena, he can refuse to testify.
The attack on the Capitol came right after Trump’s appearance, as the then-US president provoked crowds of his supporters with false claims that his electoral victory over rival Joe Biden had been stolen from him. “We have an obligation to seek direct answers from the man who launched all of this,” Republican Representative Liz Cheney said in the subpoena.
Trump’s legal defeat
“He sent them to the Capitol knowing they were angry, knowing they were armed,” Cheney recalled at the meeting. She stressed that we must ensure that not only the “foot soldiers” who stormed the Houses of Parliament in Washington are punished. “Any attempt to justify or justify the behavior of the former president undermines the foundations of our republic.”
Trump supporters violently storm Parliament on January 6, 2021. Congress meets there to officially confirm Biden’s victory in the presidential election. Five people were killed as a result of the riots.
In the dispute over the evaluation of the confiscated confidential documents, Trump suffered a legal defeat. The country’s Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an emergency appeal from the former president. Trump’s lawyers asked the Supreme Court last week that a private auditor should have access to confidential documents. The court did not provide an explanation as to why it rejected the request. (Abba)
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