The House Jan. 6 committee has rescinded its subpoena of former President Donald Trump in preparation for its dissolution next week.
Wednesday, Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson, the committee’s Democratic chairman, formally retracted the subpoena in a letter to Trump attorney David Warrington.
“As you may know, the Select Committee has concluded its hearings, released its final report and will very soon reach its end,” Thompson wrote. “In light of the imminent end of our investigation, the Select Committee can no longer pursue the specific information covered by the subpoena.”
The committee had agreed to subpoena Trump during its final televised session before the midterm elections in October, requesting testimony and records from the former president as it examined his involvement as the “central player” in the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol incursion.
“We are obligated to seek answers directly from the man who set this all in motion,” Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the panel’s vice chairwoman and one of two Republicans on the nine-member committee, said at the time. “And every American is entitled to those answers.”
Trump then filed a lawsuit against the panel in November. The lawsuit contended that while former presidents have voluntarily agreed to provide testimony or documents in response to congressional subpoenas in the past, “no president or former president has ever been compelled to do so.”
The committee’s extensive document request included Trump’s personal conversations with members of Congress. Trump’s attorneys argued that it was excessively broad and that it violated his First Amendment rights.
While the panel never got Trump’s testimony, the committee examined more than 1,000 witnesses, including several of Trump’s close White House officials and associates.
The committee found in its final report revealed last week that Trump engaged in a “multi-part conspiracy” to undermine the 2020 election and failed to act on the violence. The group also recommended that the Justice Department investigate the former president for four additional offenses, including assisting an uprising.
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On social media Wednesday evening, Trump and his lawyers construed the move as a victory. “They probably did so because they knew I did nothing wrong, or they were about to lose in Court,” Trump wrote on his social media site, calling members of the panel “political Thugs.” CONTINUE READING…