Former U.S. President Donald Trump has been subpoenaed to appear before the commission investigating his role in the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, an unexpected twist on the last day of hearings before the US election. half term.
Donald Trump “is THE person at the center of the story of what happened on January 6th. So we want to hear it,” said committee chair Bennie Thompson.
The commission must “do everything it can to tell the fullest story possible and provide recommendations to help ensure that nothing like January 6 happens again in the future,” the agency continued. elected Democrat in hearings on Thursday.
Bennie Thompson Committee Chair
That day, supporters of Donald Trump stormed the US Democracy headquarters to try to prevent elected officials from certifying the victory of his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.
Trump supporters at the heart of the assault within the walls of the Capitol in Washington D.C.
Without saying whether he intended to comply with the subpoena, Trump wondered why the elected officials had not summoned him “there is months”.
“Why did they wait until the very end, until the last moments of their last meeting? Because the commission is a total FIASCO that has only served to further divide our country,” he wrote on his Truth Social social network.
This subpoena, which is rare without being unprecedented, sent shock waves through the American political world, according to political scientist Rafael Jacob.
“ It's very politically clever, because whether he ends up appearing or not, we're going to talk about it a lot, ”says the researcher at the Raoul-Dandurand chair.
Indeed, Mr. Jacob says there is no assurance that the former president will ever find himself before the committee.
“But he can be so impulsive that it is difficult to guarantee it one way or the other. I think his entourage will do everything to prevent him from going there, ”he says.
Winner in advance
Before his shock announcement, the commission showed that the ex-president had planned well in advance to declare himself victorious in the presidential election of 2020.
“His intention was clear, to ignore the rule of law and stay in power,” insisted Republican Adam Kinzinger.
In images obtained by the committee, we can hear Roger Stone, ally of the former Republican president, saying he doesn't care about the vote.
“Fuck the vote, let's go straight to violence,” he said. Mr. Stone disputed the authenticity of the videos, saying they had been manipulated.
Never-before-seen text messages from the US Secret Service showed that elite police knew extremist groups were planning weeks earlier to send violent forces into Washington.
A Trump communications adviser had contacted during the same period boasted of having “turned the base on” and had shared a pro-Trump web page containing hundreds of comments threatening to kill elected officials, according to other messages the committee obtained copies of. < /p>
– With AFP
►The investigation report must be made public by here the end of the year, but probably not before the midterm elections, which will determine which party will control Congress by the presidential election of 2024.
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