Trump announces Jan. 6 subpoena ‘death’, suggests committee would ‘lose’

Former President Donald Trump celebrates the “death” of a Jan. 6 subpoena from the House of Representatives, claiming the panel investigating the US Capitol siege knew he “did nothing wrong.”

Trump speculated in a Truth Social post on Wednesday that his unsubstantiated claim that the FBI was responsible for “rigging” the 2020 election against him may have played a role in the subpoena being withdrawn. He also suggested that the committee expects to “lose in court” if it pursues the subpoena.

“I have just been notified that the Unselect Committee of Political Thugs has withdrawn my subpoena regarding the January 6 protest against the CROOKED 2020 presidential election,” Trump wrote.

“They probably did it because they knew I didn’t do anything wrong or they were about to lose in court,” he continued. “Perhaps the FBI’s involvement in FAKE the elections contributed to their decision. In any case, the subpoena is DEAD!”

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The House of Representatives Committee on January 6th is pictured during its final public hearing in Washington, DC on December 19, 2022. The inset shows former President Donald Trump during a rally in Sioux City, Iowa November 3, 2022. Trump claimed victory on Wednesday after the committee that is finishing its work this week withdrew its subpoena for him to testify and materials in connection with the siege of the US Capitol.
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In fact, the subpoena was withdrawn because the committee is about to be dissolved. Lawmakers have already held their final session and issued the final report of their January 6 investigation.

“As you may know, the Select Committee has completed its hearings, issued its final report and will be coming to an end very soon,” wrote Committee Chair Bennie Thompson in a Letter to the law firm of Trump attorney Harmeet Dhillon on Wednesday.

“With the imminent conclusion of our investigation, the select committee is unable to further pursue the specific information contained in the subpoena,” Thompson continued.

in one tweet, Dhillon also presented the withdrawal of the subpoena as a significant “victory,” claiming that “the committee waved the white flag.” dillon said that the committee “wasted millions on a purely political witch hunt”.

The subpoena, which contained 19 demands including that Trump testify before the committee, was issued in October. Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba said the ex-president would “accept” because he had “nothing to hide”.

Trump later sued to block the subpoena and refused to testify, eventually resulting in the time running out. If the committee wanted to pursue the subpoena beyond this week, it likely would have been blocked because Republicans are set to take control of the House of Representatives next week.

Although Trump suggested on Wednesday that withdrawing the subpoena was evidence the committee believed he was innocent, the panel’s 845-page final report actually said he was the “central cause” of the Capitol riot and responsible for one “multiple conspiracy” to overturn the 2020 election result.

In addition, the committee referred Trump to the Justice Department for possible prosecution on four separate counts. The most serious charge, inciting or abetting a riot, could keep the former president from ever holding federal office again.

news week has reached out to Trump’s office and the Jan. 6 House Committee for comment. Trump announces Jan. 6 subpoena ‘death’, suggests committee would ‘lose’

Rick Schindler

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