Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Trump

On Thursday, the Jan. 6 committee announced that it had voted unanimously to subpoena former President Donald Trump.

While Trump has a bevy of legal options to avoid appearing before the committee, he has yet to indicate if he will appear before Congress to testify about the events on Jan. 6.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), a staunch denier of Trump’s claims of election fraud, motioned to subpoena Trump following a dramatic presentation about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol Building.

“We must seek the testimony under oath of January 6th’s key player,” Cheney stated. “We are obligated to seek answers directly from the man who set this all in motion.”

“Every American is entitled to those answers so we can act now to protect our republic,” she added.

Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) echoed Cheney’s sentiments.

“The need for this committee to hear from Donald Trump goes beyond our fact-finding,” said Thompson. “This is a question about accountability to the American people.”

“He must be accountable,” he continued. “He is required to answer for his actions.”

During the meeting, the Jan. 6 Committee presented a video of the events that day that had not been seen before. The footage showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other high-ranking officials fleeing the Capitol and gathering in a safe location.

The footage was shot by Pelosi’s daughter, an experienced filmmaker.

At one point in the video, Schumer implored Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy to deploy the D.C. National Guard.

“I’d like to know a good God damn reason why it’s been denied,” Schumer shouted at McCarthy. “Please — the whole Capitol is rampaged.”

“There is a picture of someone sitting in the chair of the Senate,” he continued. “We’ve all been evacuated. There have been shots fired.”

“We need a full National Guard component, now,” Schumer concluded.

Legal experts believe Trump will refuse to testify before Congress, especially considering the likelihood that Republicans will nix the investigation if they retake control of Congress during the midterm elections.