The committee investigating last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol has voted to issue a subpoena to former President Trump.
“This is a question about accountability to the American people. He must be accountable. He is required to answer for his actions,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the committee, said.
Thompson also said the panel has come up the conclusion that Trump directly incited the attack.
“We have left no doubt, none, that Donald Trump led an effort to upend American democracy that directly resulted in the violence of January 6th,” the House committee chairman said.
Committee members were asked to vote on whether or not to subpoena Trump. The resolution was passed 9-0.
The former president can refuse to comply with the subpoena or invoke his Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions by committee members if he chooses. But Congress can hold Trump in contempt if he refuses to comply and can refer criminal activity to the Department of Justice for potential prosecution.
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