The congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol voted Thursday to subpoena former President Donald Trump, forcing him to testify about his role in trying to overturn the 2020 election. Voice of America correspondent Katherine Gypson followed the proceedings of the special congressional committee hearing.
Former President Donald Trump has already been ordered by lawmakers to testify about his role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.
“The main cause of January 6 was one person, Donald Trump, who was followed by many others. None of this would have happened without him. He was personally and meaningfully involved in everything,” said Legislator Liz Cheney.
In the history of the United States, several other presidents have been asked to testify before Congress, but this is a rare occurrence.
Lawmakers said that because of the serious nature of the attack, it is imperative that former President Trump be held accountable.
“He must answer to the millions of Americans whose votes he wanted to exclude as part of his scheme to stay in power, as well as answer to all the processes that are being developed to ensure accountability before the law.” This commission demands full accountability to every American for the events of January 6th,” said Legislator Bennie Thompson.
Former President Trump has criticized the commission’s work, calling it unfair because it is made up of Democratic and Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him. However, much of the evidence presented during the hearings came from members of his staff and his own party.
“All the evidence comes almost entirely from Republicans. The facts that have come out are not of the Democrats or of the opponents of Donald Trump”, said Legislator Thompson.
In what is expected to be the last public hearing, committee members showed new videos of congressional leaders being taken to a secret secure location as they tried to get help while Mr. Trump’s supporters forced their way into Capitol. The hearing also revealed that the Secret Service was aware of the threat of the attack in advance.
The Commission does not have the authority to bring criminal charges, but may refer its findings to the Department of Justice.
“We have sufficient information to consider referring criminal charges to multiple individuals,” said Legislator Cheney.
The commission is expected to publish a report with its findings in the coming months. It is believed that former President Trump will not agree to appear before the commission, which could be followed by the raising of charges against him for not respecting the subpoena of Congress.
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