Called to testify, Trump responded with a letter: The letter does not qualify as an official response.
Former US President Donald Trump responded to the House of Representatives January 6 Investigative Committee, which decided to invite him to testify, with a 14-page letter on the internet yesterday.
In the letter, titled “Peacefully and patriotically”, addressed to Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, it was noteworthy that Trump did not respond to the Committee’s call for testimony, instead voicing his allegations that the 2020 Presidential elections were stolen.
In the letter dated October 13, Trump made the following statements:
“This letter is written to express our anger, frustration and grievance at what many see as bullshit and witch-hunts and that hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent. However, we did not even take a moment to examine the mass electoral fraud that took place during the 2020 Presidential election despite strong and unequivocal demands. was not spent, and those who, as American citizens, want to protest these frauds are targeted.”
At the end of the letter, Trump criticizes Committee members for “going after American patriots who question this as a constitutional right, instead of those who commit electoral fraud,” adding, “The people of this country will not advocate unequal justice before the law and freedom for some. Election day is coming. Answer on the crime of the century.” we demand.” made its assessment.
It was seen that the irregularities claimed to have occurred during the elections in the states of Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania were listed item by item, under the signature of the letter, which also included photos from the demonstrations held in Washington on January 6, 2021.
It is stated that the letter does not constitute an official reply.
It is noted that the Special Committee of the House of Representatives has not yet officially sent a summons to Trump to testify after the decision taken by the vote yesterday, therefore the letter shared by Trump does not qualify as an official response.
The official subpoena to Trump should include a list of the issues the Committee wishes to discuss during his deposition, and a breakdown of relevant documents and submission of evidence in the defense to be made on those issues.
Committee summoned former US President Trump to testify
The January 6 Investigative Committee, which was established in the House of Representatives to investigate the events of the January 6, 2021 Congressional raid, summoned former US President Donald Trump to testify at its session yesterday.
In the voting in the session, all 9 Committee members voted “yes” to the proposal to summon Trump to testify, Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said in a statement after the vote, “Trump was the person at the center of the story that happened on January 6th. That’s why we want to hear from him. ” he said.
It is evaluated that the summoning of Trump to the Special Committee of the House of Representatives may mean a new legal battle for the former president, and that he will apply to the court to prevent the subpoena.
It is legally a crime not to respond to the congressional committee’s call for testimony.