Former Pres. Donald Trump failed to appear today for his scheduled deposition to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, the committee said.
Trump’s unlawful defiance of the committee’s subpoena also included failing to produce documents to the committee, which reportedly gave him another week to hand them over after he missed a Nov. 4 deadline.
The committee tonight said it is weighing “next steps,” which have included federal prosecution for others who refused to testify.
A statement from Jan. 6 Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) says that Trump failed to appear for his deposition “even though the former President initially suggested that he would testify before the committee.” The statement links to a Trump website citing a Fox report that he “loves the idea of testifying.”
In response to Trump’s defiance, the select committee said it “will evaluate next steps in the litigation and regarding the former President’s noncompliance.”
The committee did not say what those next steps might include, but it has referred others who defied their subpoenas to federal prosecutors. Last month, former Trump adviser, Steve Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison and fined $6500 after he was convicted of failing to respond to the committee’s subpoena. He’s now appealing his conviction.
During the last Jan. 6 hearing, Cheney announced that a subpoena would be issued for Trump’s documents related to the Capitol insurrection and for his testimony. Multiple White House witnesses have confirmed to the panel what the public saw for themselves: That Trump fraudulently portrayed the election as illegitimate, goaded his supporters into using force to disrupt Joe Biden’s certification, and then failed to use his executive powers to prevent the resulting assault on the Capitol.
Trump recently filed a lawsuit seeking to block the committee’s subpoena. The suit called the subpoena “invalid” and said it served no legislative purpose, despite Congress’s broad constitutional mandate for oversight and to check the power of the executive branch.
TYT Washington Correspondent Candice Cole was previously a correspondent and senior White House producer for the Black News Channel and has worked at a number of local news outlets. You can find her on Twitter @CandiceColeNews.