Trump reportedly ‘loves the idea of testifying’ after Jan. 6 Committee votes to issue subpoena

The highly partisan House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot voted unanimously on Thursday to subpoena the testimony of former President Donald Trump — a largely symbolic move in what was quite possibly the committee’s final public hearing, at least before the midterm elections.

If that move was meant to intimidate or threaten Trump, though, the committee failed, as an unnamed source close to the former president said that Trump “loves the idea of testifying” and giving his side of the story to the committee, Fox News reported.

The source added that if Trump were to appear before the committee, which remains unclear, he would likely use that opportunity to “talk about how corrupt the election was, how corrupt the committee was, and how Nancy Pelosi did not call up the National Guard that Trump strongly recommended for her to do three days earlier on January 3, 2021.”

Committee votes to issue a subpoena

Axios reported that the Select Committee agreed by a 9-0 vote to issue a subpoena for former President Trump to testify — a decision the outlet said was one that the committee has been considering for several months.

The committee, of course, has been attempting since its formation to gather enough evidence to support its preordained conclusion that Trump was complicit and solely responsible for inciting the Capitol riot that disrupted the congressional effort to certify President Joe Biden’s electoral victory on Jan. 6, 2021.

As noted, the move is essentially a symbolic one as there is likely insufficient time to hold a hearing — especially if the subpoena is challenged in court — in which Trump would be able to testify before a new term of Congress beginning in January, likely under Republican leadership, in which case the committee would likely be dismantled or flipped to investigate other issues related to the Capitol riot that have gone unscrutinized thus far.

The committee is “a hoax, a sham, a partisan witch hunt”

Fox News reported that Trump himself derided the Jan. 6 Committee in a Thursday interview as “a hoax, a sham, a partisan witch hunt which is a continuation of the witch hunt that has gone on since the great day for our country that I came down the golden escalator with our future first lady,” and noted, “They have no case, they have no ratings, so they have to try to do this to get publicity.”

He went on to lament that the committee “never covered the important subject of election fraud, or why Pelosi and the mayor of D.C. did not call up the National Guard — which I strongly recommended.”

Trump further asserted in that interview that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) were “derelict in their duty” by ignoring his recommendation for additional security measures on that fateful day, and said, “They didn’t do their job. I believed the crowd was going to be bigger — just my instinct — and they had the chance to call up the National Guard three days before Jan. 6, and if they did, Jan. 6 would have been a very different day.”

The former president fires back with a letter

Trump also took to his Truth Social account Thursday evening for a series of posts that reiterated the same issues he raised in the interview with Fox News, as well as one post in particular that asked the rather pertinent questions, “Why didn’t the Unselect Committee ask me to testify months ago? Why did they wait until the very end, the final moments of their last meeting?”

A more fulsome response was issued Friday morning via a letter from Trump to committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), which slammed the committee’s incessant focus on him to the exclusion of the other issues he has mentioned, though that letter did not make clear whether or not Trump would actually agree to testify before the committee.

“You have not gone after the people that created the Fraud, but rather great American Patriots who questioned it, as is their Constitutional right. These people have had their lives ruined as your Committee sits back and basks in the glow,” the letter concluded. “The people of this Country will not stand for unequal justice under the law, or Liberty and Justice for some. Election Day is coming. We demand answers on the Crime of the Century.”

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