Jan. 6 committees moves to subpoena Trump: ‘One person at the center of the story’
The Jan. 6 committee moved to subpoena former President Donald Trump for testimony at the end of a public hearing on Thursday.
“We need to hear from him,” Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said of Trump while introducing the vote. “It is our obligation to seek Donald Trump’s testimony.”
Such a move could lead to a fight in the courts over enforcing the subpoena. Since commencing the inquiry last year, the panel has doled out a flurry of subpoenas against a slew of Trump allies.
Some of them, including Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro, have resisted the orders, and the panel recommended holding them in contempt as a result. Bannon and Navarro have since been indicted, and Bannon was found guilty by a jury.
Trump recently sat down for a deposition before New York Attorney General Letitia James in her investigation of his business dealings. He said he invoked the Fifth Amendment throughout that appearance.
Republicans have been widely expected to recapture the House and have openly mused about ending or drastically transforming the Jan. 6 committee. Trump has broadly denied any wrongdoing.