Nov 14 (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump didn’t present up for deposition testimony earlier than the congressional committee investigating his supporters’ assault on the U.S. Capitol final yr, the panel stated on Monday.
In doing so Trump defied a subpoena issued by the panel in October, Chair Bennie Thompson, a Democrat, and co-Chair Liz Cheney, a Republican, stated in a joint assertion.
“The reality is that Donald Trump, like a number of of his closest allies, is hiding from the Choose Committee’s investigation and refusing to do what greater than a thousand different witnesses have executed,” Thompson and Cheney stated.
The panel didn’t say what subsequent steps they could pursue in opposition to Trump. Thompson advised the New York Instances in an interview that he wouldn’t rule out looking for contempt of Congress prices in opposition to the previous president.
“That could possibly be an possibility. And we’ll have to attend and see,” Thomson advised the Instances. “The very first thing we’ll do is see how we deal with the lawsuit. Sooner or later after that, we’ll determine the trail ahead.”
Trump filed a lawsuit on Friday looking for to keep away from having to testify or present any documentation to the Jan. 6 committee.
The congressional committee has held a collection of hearings because it seeks to make its case to the general public that Trump provoked his supporters into storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, whereas lawmakers met to formally declare his loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
The subpoena ordered Trump to submit paperwork to the panel by Nov. 4 and for him to seem for deposition testimony starting on or about Nov. 14.
On Nov. 4, it stated it had agreed to offer Trump an extension earlier than producing the paperwork however the Nov. 14 deadline remained in place.
Republicans are anticipated to dissolve the panel in the event that they win management of the U.S. Home of Representatives within the mid-term elections.
Reporting by Tyler Clifford and Dan Whitcomb; Modifying by Leslie Adler
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