NOVEMBER 14 (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump did not appear for deposition testimony before a congressional committee investigating attacks by his supporters on the U.S. Capitol last year, the committee said. The meeting said on Monday.
Democratic Commission Chairman Benny Thompson and Republican Co-Chair Liz Cheney said in a joint statement that Trump did not respond to a subpoena issued by the commission in October.
Thompson and Cheney said, “The truth is, Donald Trump, like his closest allies, has hidden himself from the Special Committee’s investigation and denied what more than 1,000 other witnesses have done. ing.
The committee did not say what next steps it would pursue against Trump. In an interview with The New York Times, Thompson said he wouldn’t rule out seeking contempt of Congress against the former president.
“That could be an option. We’ll have to wait and see,” Thomson told The New York Times. forward pass. “
Trump filed the lawsuit on Friday to avoid having to testify or provide documents to the Jan. 6 committee.
A congressional committee held a series of hearings and congressman Joe Biden, a Democrat, to accuse the public of Trump inciting his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. gathered to formally declare their defeat to the
The subpoena ordered Trump to submit documents to the panel by Nov. 4 and to appear at the deposition testimony beginning around Nov. 14.
On Nov. 4, it said it had agreed to give Trump an extension before drafting the document, but the Nov. 14 deadline remained in place.
Republicans are expected to dissolve the panel if they win control of the House in the midterm elections.
Reported by Tyler Clifford and Dan Whitcomb.Edited by Leslie Adler
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