January 6 committee issues subpoena for Trump to testify

The US congressional committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot has issued a legal summons for former President Donald Trump to testify.

“He is required to answer for his actions,” said Representative Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat.

If Mr Trump does not comply with the summons, known as a subpoena, he could face criminal charges and imprisonment.

The select committee is looking into Trump supporters’ storming of Congress on 6 January 2021.

The panel’s seven Democrats and two Republicans voted 9-0 in favour on Thursday of issuing the subpoena for the former Republican president to provide documents and testimony under oath in connection with the Capitol riot.

Representative Liz Cheney, the committee’s vice-chairwoman and a Wyoming Republican, said: “We are obligated to seek answers directly from the man who set this all in motion. And every American is entitled to those answers.”

The surprise move came during the investigation’s ninth and possibly final public…

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