WASHINGTON | In a “historic” move, the Capitol Storming Inquiry Committee on Friday subpoenaed former President Donald Trump to appear “on or around November 14.”
The Republican billionaire will also have to produce a whole series of documents before November 4 under this summons, the principle of which was recorded last week.
After a televised hearing, the House of Representatives committee responsible for shedding light on Donald Trump's role in the January 6 attack surprised everyone by voting unanimously to convene the former president.
Whoever openly flirts with the idea of running again in 2024 immediately renewed his attacks on an investigation described as a “fiasco”, without revealing how he would respond.
This panel, made up of seven elected Democrats and two Republicans, has already questioned more than a thousand witnesses, including two children of Donald Trump, and peeled tens of thousands of documents but has come up against the refusal to cooperate of certain relatives. .
Ex-adviser Steve Bannon, considered to be the architect of Donald Trump's victory in 2016, was also sentenced to four months in prison on Friday for refusing to respond to his summons.< /p>
The commission is in a race against time: if Democrats lose control of Congress in the November 8 midterm elections, it risks being dissolved by the new Republican majority.
Its two leaders, elected Democrat Bennie Thompson and Republican Liz Cheney, therefore formally summoned Donald Trump in just three weeks.
“We recognize that subpoenaing a former president is an important and historic action and we do not do not take it lightly,” they wrote to him.
But, they added, “we have evidence that you personally orchestrated and supervised a campaign to change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and prevent the peaceful transfer of power”, and it resulted “in a bloody attack on the Capitol”.
On January 6, 2021, hundreds of supporters of Donald Trump convinced by his allegations of “election fraud” had sown chaos in the temple of American democracy, at a time when the elected officials certified the victory of his Democratic rival Joe Biden.
The Republican, who had urged his supporters to “fight like the devils”, was immediately impeached in Congress, but was acquitted thanks to his party's senators.
This did not end the case: in its final report, the commission could recommend that he be indicted. The decision will ultimately rest with Minister of Justice Merrick Garland, a prudent and methodical man who “excludes nothing”.
In the meantime, justice has inflicted a snub on one of its close allies, Steve Bannon, by sentencing him to four months in prison and a $6,500 fine for “obstructing” the investigative powers of Congress. p>
“Respecting Congress is an important component of our constitutional system”, justified the magistrate Carl Nichols, pointing out that Steve Bannon had, to date, always produced “no document, nor delivered any testimony” to the commission.
The 68-year-old man, a figure of right-wing populism in the United States, immediately announced his intention to appeal, which suspends the application of the sentence.
He was therefore able to emerge free from the federal court in Washington. In front of the cameras, he assured “to respect the decision of the judge” but immediately slipped on the political ground.
“November 8 will be the day of judgment of the illegitimate regime of (Joe) Biden ( …) and we know how it will end”, he launched, while predicting the defeat of several members of the commission of January 6.
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