Former President Donald Trump defied a subpoena issued by the “January 6th Committee” after failing to appear at a deposition before the November 14 deadline.
Former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon was recently sentenced to four months in prison after he ignored a similar subpoena issued by the Democrat-led committee.
Panel Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Vice Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) gave joint statements yesterday as Trump’s deadline inched closer.
“Even though the former President initially suggested that he would testify before the committee, he has since filed a lawsuit asking the courts to protect him from giving testimony,” reads the statement.
“His attorneys have made no attempt to negotiate an appearance of any sort, and his lawsuit parades out many of the same arguments that courts have rejected repeatedly over the last year.”
Rep. Cheney had some strong words for the former president following the committee’s unanimous vote to issue the subpoena last month.
“The committee is in discussions with President Trump’s attorneys and he has an obligation to comply,” Cheney said, per Deadline, noting “[t]his is not a situation where the committee is going to put itself at mercy of Donald Trump.”
Leading up to the committee’s October vote were several televised hearings. The primetime events were labeled “kangaroo courts” by some who viewed it as a blatant attempt to blame Trump for January 6.
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The January 6 Committee has not publicly stated what their response will be to this latest non-compliance.
With Steve Bannon in mind and the New York Times claiming contempt charges could be on the table, things seem to be getting dicey for Donald Trump.