On Wednesday, the House committee investigating the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 withdrew a subpoena issued to former President Donald Trump as it prepared to disband.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) reportedly notified Trump’s attorney on Wednesday that the panel’s subpoena against the 76-year-old former president, issued in October, has been rescinded and that he no longer needs to comply with document requests, according to CNN.
“In light of the imminent end of our investigation, the Select Committee can no longer pursue the specific information covered by the subpoena,” Thompson wrote in a letter to Trump’s attorney. “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 issued the subpoena late last year as part of an investigation into Trump’s role in organizing protests during the 2020 election. Thompson and Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, the committee’s vice chair, wrote in a letter to Trump at the time, “We recognize that a subpoena to a former President is a significant and historic step. We do not take this action lightly.”
Trump celebrated the withdrawn subpoena on his social media platform Truth Social, writing, “Was just advised that the Unselect Committee of political Thugs has withdrawn the subpoena of me concerning the January 6 Protest of the CROOKED 2020 Presidential Election.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 FBI’s involvement in RIGGING THE ELECTION played into their decision? In any event, Subpoena is DEAD!”