Donald Trump summoned before the Capitol Inquiry

He is not summoned to the headmaster but to the Congress. The House of Commons Inquiry into the Capitol Storming cited former Republican President Donald Trump on Friday to appear “on or around November 14” just after the midterm elections.

In a letter made public, she also assigned him to produce before November 4, four days before the ballot, a whole series of documents, including a report of all his communications on January 6, 2021.

“We recognize that subpoenaing a former president is an important and historic action and we do not take it lightly,” write the elected Democrats Bennie Thompson and Republican Liz Cheney, who oversee this commission. The panel, made up of seven elected Democrats and two Republicans, voted unanimously on October 13 to summon the former president.

Judicial arm wrestling in sight

Publicly, Donald Trump assured that he did not rule out coming to testify, provided he could do so live and in front of the cameras. However, he had held the same refrain during his two impeachment trials without ever coming before Congress. Most legal experts believe that his lawyers will advise against this risky exercise of giving testimony under oath.

This would not be a first, as several former presidents testified before Congress after leaving the White House, they add, criticizing Donald Trump for having “personally orchestrated and supervised” a campaign to change the 2020 presidential election result.

Coincidence or not of the calendar, Steve Bannon, a former adviser to Donald Trump, was sentenced Friday to four months in prison for refusing to comply with subpoenas from the commission. If Donald Trump refuses, the commission could recommend charges for obstruction. But it seems unlikely that the legal battle will end before the new Congress takes office in January. And if the Republicans regain a majority, they will be able to dissolve the commission, releasing Donald Trump from his obligations.

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