Donald Trump received a subpoena to testify in the investigation into last year’s uprising on the United States Capitol.
The committee overseeing the investigation into the deadly attack in Washington DC asked the former president for testimony and documents, saying he “orchestrated” a plot to overturn the 2020 election.
“We recognize that a subpoena to a former president is a significant and historic action,” President Bennie Thompson and Vice President Liz Cheney wrote in their letter to Trump.
“We don’t take this action lightly,” they added.
Lawmakers say the former president was the “central cause” of a coordinated, multi-party effort to overturn the 2020 election results.
The nine-member panel sent a letter to Trump’s lawyers, asking for his testimony under oath by November 14.
The letter also requested a number of corresponding documents, including personal communications between the former president and members of Congress, as well as extremist groups.
It is unclear how Trump and his legal team will respond to the subpoena.
It arrives as was Steve Bannon, a former White House adviser sentenced to four months of imprisonment for not appearing before the commission.
He had been convicted of challenging a subpoena and also imposed a $ 6,500 fine.
Trump ‘at the center of a bloody attack’ on the Capitol
The letter does not shy away from placing accusations directly at Trump’s feet.
President Thompson and Vice President Cheney wrote that the committee gathered “overwhelming evidence” that Trump “personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-party effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election and to hinder the peaceful transition of power.”
He pointed out that the former president tried to overturn the elections with unsubstantiated claims of election fraud.
The letter continued: “You have taken all these actions despite the rulings of over 60 courts that have rejected your allegations of election fraud and other challenges to the legality of the 2020 presidential election, despite having specific and detailed information from the Department of Justice and your personal high-level campaign informing you that your election claims were false and despite your obligation as president to ensure that our nation’s laws are faithfully enforced.
“In short, you were at the center of any US president’s first and only effort to overturn an election and thwart the peaceful handover of power, which ultimately culminated in a bloody attack on our own Capitol and Congress itself.”
“A former president is just a citizen like any other”
President Thompson and Vice President Cheney also made it clear that the subpoena of Trump was not an unprecedented action and that there is an established history of presidents providing evidence to Congress.
The letter also quoted President Roosevelt who once said, “A former president is simply a citizen of the United States, like any other citizen,” in an attempt to remind Trump of his obligation to appear before the committee.