The House select committee investigating the events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, has informed former President Donald Trump that it would no longer seek his testimony and formally revoked its subpoena.
“In light of the imminent end of our investigation, the Select Committee can no longer pursue the specific information covered by the subpoena,” wrote committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., to Trump’s lawyers, according to CNN. “Therefore, through this letter, I hereby formally withdraw the subpoena issued to former President Trump, and notify you that he is no longer obligated to comply or produce records in response to said subpoena.”
The committee has already published its final report and referred Trump to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. It further faces certain dissolution upon the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives next week. Many GOP lawmakers have derided the committee as a partisan farce.
Trump celebrated the subpoena’s cancellation on Truth Social, saying “[w]as just advised that the Unselect Committee of political Thugs has withdrawn the Subpoena of me concerning the January 6th Protest of the CROOKED 2020 Presidential Election.”
“They probably did so because they knew I did nothing wrong, or they were about to lose in Court. Perhaps the FBI’s involvement in RIGGING the Election played into their decision. In any event, the Subpoena is DEAD!” he cheered.
Though the committee had subpoenaed Trump in October, he did not comply and never testified. While the former president seemingly outlasted his critics on the committee, other supporters of Trump were not so lucky. Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, for instance, defied a subpoena from the committee and was last sentenced to four months in prison for contempt of Congress. That sentence has been suspended pending his appeal.