Attack on the Capitol. Investigative Committee subpoenas Trump
Not unprecedented, but a rare phenomenon. Former US President Trump is called to testify under oath in Congress. Will it be? The senator refuses to testify and goes to court.
As it was announced, the investigative committee of the attack on the US Capitol summoned the former president Donald Trump. He must submit the requested documents by November 4 and will be available under oath for a multi-day examination from November 14, according to the letter published on Friday.
It is still unclear whether Trump will follow the trial or take action against it. The committee of the House of Representatives made a decision to subpoena Trump last week.
The decree can remain as a symbolic step. There is a process in place to bring remiss witnesses to court for contempt of Congress. But the commission is running out.
elections to be held in November
The new House of Representatives will be elected in November. The commission must complete its work by the end of the year before the newly elected House of Representatives takes office in January. And according to polls, there are high chances that the Republican Party, which mostly supports Trump, will get a majority in the elections. Further investigation into the attack should then be off the table.
If Trump defies the subpoena, the House of Representatives could report him to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress. Trump’s ex-advisor Steve Bannon, for example, has already been convicted and must serve four months in prison.
Trump can also initially send his lawyers to court against the subpoena. And even if Trump were to comply with the request, he could refuse to testify, for example, so as not to incriminate himself. Several of his confidantes exercised this right when questioned by the committee.
Senator Graham moves to the Supreme Court
The famous American senator Lindsey Graham is making a new attempt to avoid testifying during the investigation of possible interference in the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. The Republican from South Carolina presented himself to the US Supreme Court. Yesterday, Georgia’s appeals court rejected the objections of his lawyers that as a senator Graham was protected from such investigations. They make the same reasoning in the Supreme Court.
During the era of Donald Trump, Graham was a close person of the US president at that time. Specifically, his inquiry is likely to concern phone calls Graham is said to have had with Georgia Chief Elections Supervisor Brad Raffensperger and his staff in the weeks after Trump’s 2020 election loss. Georgia was one of the states where the election was decided in favor of Trump’s Democratic rival, Joe Biden.
Georgia’s Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis launched an investigation into the 2020 election last year into attempts by Trump and his supporters to influence the legal conduct of the state’s elections with the goal of overturning the results there. Several Trump allies, including Graham, have asked to testify before a grand jury, which has now been empaneled. Willis did not rule out calling Trump. Five people were killed in the attack on the Capitol
Attack on the Capitol
Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, immediately after the appearance of the Republican. The then-president once again incited the crowd with false claims that his victory over rival Joe Biden was stolen through fraud. He called on his supporters to hold a protest in front of the Capitol, where Biden’s election victory was almost officially sealed. Five people were killed in the attack.
In his first reaction last week, Trump did not comment on whether he wanted to go ahead with the trial, only criticizing the timing of the trial as too late. At the same time, he repeated his claims about “mass frauds” in the presidential elections, “the cause of what happened on January 6”, rejected by many courts.
The committee emphasized in its proceedings that it is aware that summoning the former president is an “important and historic” step. At the same time, they noted that Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Gerald Ford, among others, had testified before Congress as former presidents. They emphatically cited Roosevelt’s quote, according to which the former president was just a US citizen like everyone else, and it was his duty to obey the call of Congress.