Donald Trump will not be allowed to testify live on television for the investigation into the US Capitol riots.
The former US president received a subpoena from the House Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 riots last week.
So far, anyone who has testified to the hearings has been shown live on the US public affairs television channel C-SPAN, as well as on the commission’s website.
But on Sunday, Liz Cheney, the committee’s vice chair, said she would not allow Trump’s testimony to turn into a televised “food fight.”
Instead, the committee calls for his evidence to be provided under oath next month, along with the delivery of all documents relevant to his investigation.
To avoid a complicated and protracted legal battle, Mr. Trump He reportedly told associates he might consider complying with the subpoena if he could answer questions during live testimony.
But Ms. Cheney told NBC, “We will move forward in terms of interrogating the former president under oath.
“It could take more days and it will be done with a level of rigor, discipline and seriousness that it deserves.
“It won’t turn this into a circus.”
Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the Democratic House, however, said she doubted Trump, a Republican, would go to any kind of hearing and prodded him saying he was too cowardly to obey the summons.
“I don’t think he’s man enough to introduce himself,” he said in an interview with MSNBC. “I don’t think his attorneys will want him to show up because he has to testify under oath.
So far the committee has argued in its hearings that Trump was directly involved in trying to overturn the 2020 US election result after inciting his supporters on Jan.6 to storms the Capitol building – the seat of US power in Washington DC.
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He denies the allegations and on his social media platform Truth Social described the committee as “a total failure.”
The college cannot bring forward legal charges Mr. Trumpbut it can decide to criminally refer to the Department of Justice if the members so wish.
On the morning of January 6, thousands of Trump supporters – inspired by an incendiary speech he had just delivered near the White House reiterating claims that he had been denied a second term due to election fraud – marched to the Capitol.
He was in session at the time, overseeing the Congressional certification of Joe Bidenvictory in the presidential election.
Trump has so far refused to appear before the committee, which is made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans.
Steve Bannon, his former aide, was also sued at the panel but did not show up and has been since. convicted of contempt of congress to do it. Was sentenced to four months of imprisonment.