By Oyintari Ben
The House of Representatives Committee looking into the attack on the US Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters on January 6, 2021, has ordered the former president to testify under oath and submit documents.
The committee claimed to have served Trump with a subpoena asking him to appear for deposition testimony commencing on or around November 14 and to provide documents to the panel by Nov. 4.
The committee is requesting a wide range of documents from Trump that would describe any communications he may have had with lawmakers, Oath Keepers and Proud Boys members, as well as associates and former aides like Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, and Rudy Giuliani, over the course of several months prior to the January 6 riot and beyond.
Trump, who frequently refers to the committee as the “unselect committee,” has claimed that it is unfairly attacking him politically while ignoring his claims of widespread election fraud.
On January 6, 2021, thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol after Trump gave an impassioned speech at a rally close to the White House in which he falsely claimed that Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over him in the 2020 presidential election was the product of fraud.
The committee’s announcement came shortly after Steve Bannon, a former Trump strategist, was given a four-month prison term for refusing to assist with the panel’s investigation.
However, while his appeal is pending, he is free.