The House committee on January 6 voted to subpoena former President Donald Trump last week, but investigators are still trying to find someone authorized to accept service, according to ABC News.
The subpoena was delivered by the panel’s vice chairwoman, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who called Trump a “central player” in the riot. All nine panel members voted to approve the resolution.
The panel’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., acknowledged the decision as a “serious and extraordinary action” but said the committee had an “obligation” to hear from Trump.
“It’s about accountability to the American people. They have to be accountable. They have to answer for their actions. They have to answer to those police officers who put their lives and bodies on the line to defend our democracy. He is held to account for his actions to respond to those millions of Americans whose votes he wanted to throw out as part of his plan to stay in power,” Thompson said.
Members of his legal team, including Evan Corcoran and John Rowley, both told committee investigators they were not authorized to accept service of the subpoena on the former president’s behalf, according to ABC News.
Corcoran became a key figure representing Trump in his federal investigation into the Mar-a-Lago documents and Rowley represented the former president on executive privilege issues related to the ongoing DOJ investigation into the 6 January.
If the case is settled, the subpoena could be issued as early as Thursday, sources told ABC News.
Trump told his aides he would comply and testify before the committee only if it was broadcast live, according to Maggie Haberman of The New York Times. In a 14-page letter he wrote to the committee, Trump repeatedly raised false allegations of fraud in the 2020 presidential election — the same allegations that fueled the attack on the Capitol — but didn’t. did not say whether he would comply with the subpoena.
“This memo is written to express our anger, disappointment and complaint that with all the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on what many consider a charade and witch hunt, and despite strong and powerful demands, you haven’t even spent a short time examining the massive voter fraud that took place in the 2020 presidential election, and only targeted those who, as concerned American citizens, were protesting the fraud itself,” Trump wrote.
If for some reason Trump resists the subpoena, it could lead to a constitutional showdown with the committee hitting several hurdles asking him to comply, according to legal experts and congressional attorneys, The Washington Post reported. .
The former president is also busy fighting other legal battles. Trump for weeks dodged a $250 million lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James. Trump and Eric Trump avoided receiving a subpoena for weeks until a judge allowed James to serve the subpoena electronically after she complained in court.
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The lawsuit accuses Trump, his three eldest children and the Trump Organization of lying about the value of their assets for years. Trump “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to further enrich himself and cheat the system” and “repeatedly and persistently manipulated asset values to trick banks into lending money to the Trump Organization.” “, said James during a press conference.
In addition to pursuing sanctions, James is also seeking to permanently ban the Trumps from doing business in New York.
The state attorney general’s office is also calling for the appointment of an independent monitor to “oversee the Trump Organization’s compliance, financial reporting, valuations, and disclosures to lenders, insurers, and tax authorities” for at least less than five years.
As part of her 2018 campaign, James promised to investigate and prosecute Trump – whom she called an “illegitimate president” and an “embarrassment”.
Trump insisted that, like other investigations, the attorney general’s office is also conducting a politically motivated “witch hunt.”
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