Donald Trump has responded to a congressional committee that wants to hear his testimony about the assault on the US Capitol building, but he hasn’t said whether he will appear.

In a January 6 memo to committee members, he did not address their summons inviting him to testify before them.

On the contrary, he launched a new attack on their investigation, calling it “a witch hunt of the highest order”.

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In the 14-page document – posted on his ‘Truth Social’ media platform – he repeated his complaints about the committee’s work, saying there were “anger, disappointment and complaints” that he was not hadn’t looked at what he called “massive voter fraud”. “.

The absence of a definitive answer casts doubt on the appearance of the former president before the commission.

At its final scheduled hearing, the panel voted unanimously to subpoena him.

Vice President Liz Cheney said: “We need to request the center player’s sworn testimony from January 6.”

The final hearing gathered evidence that the committee said demonstrated Mr. Trump’s intent to ignore the rule of law and stay in power.

He presented evidence that he planned to overturn the 2020 election result, well before Election Day itself, and that he had lobbied state officials and others to overturn the results.

Testimonies were also heard that the American secret services had been warned, before January 6, 2021plans by Trump supporters to storm the Capitol in Washington DC.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Donald Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021
Pro-Trump protesters clash with Capitol police during a rally to challenge the US Congress' certification of the 2020 US presidential election results, at the US Capitol in Washington, US, January 6 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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A commission investigated the events leading up to the riot

Without a decision by Mr. Trump to appear before the committee, it is unclear whether he can be legally compelled to do so.

that of Mr Trump A record of resistance to legal inquiries would almost certainly signal a lengthy legal battle preceding any court appearances.

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In the absence of Supreme Court precedent giving Congress the power to compel a former president to testify about his tenure, some US legal analysts have called the subpoena symbolic.

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