The U.S. House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol formally subpoenaed former President Donald Trump on Friday.
In a letter to the former president signed by Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Liz Cheney (R-WY), the committee claimed to “have assembled overwhelming evidence” that Trump “personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-part effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election and to obstruct the peaceful transition of power.”
“Pursuant to a unanimous vote, the Select Committee issued a subpoena to former President Donald Trump for testimony and records relevant to the Select Committee’s investigation into the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol and its causes,” the committee tweeted with the letter.
The committee details multiple allegations in the letter, including “purposely and maliciously disseminating false allegations of fraud related to the 2020 presidential election in order to aid your effort to overturn the election and for purposes of soliciting contributions,” and “Summoning tens of thousands of supporters to Washington and, knowing they were angry and some were armed, sending them to the Capitol.”
The committee also accused Trump of “Filing false information, under oath, in federal court,” and “refusing for hours to disband your rioting supporters by instructing them to leave the Capitol, while you watched the attack unfold on television.”
The subpoena was issued on the same day that a federal judge sentenced Trump advisor Steve Bannon to four months in prison and a $6,500 fine for defying subpoenas from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol riot.
Trump has repeatedly criticized the committee, slamming its members as “political thugs” and “corrupt politicians.”
“The Unselect Committee of political Thugs, essentially the same group who brought you the now fully debunked and discredited RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA HOAX (and many others!), refused to study and report on the massive amount of irrefutable evidence, much of it recently produced, that shows the 2020 Presidential Election was Rigged and Stolen,” Trump wrote on Truth Social in June.
“They want NOTHING to do with that topic because they cannot win on the facts. CANCEL & DENY, call it ‘THE BIG LIE,’ is all they can do. Corrupt Politicians!”