J6 panel waves white flag and drops Trump subpoena

Written by on December 29, 2022

J6 panel waves white flag and drops Trump subpoena

Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist

J6 panel waves white flag and drops Trump subpoena


The January 6 Committee has officially withdrawn its subpoena for former President Donald Trump to testify before Congress. The move comes as the committee prepares to disband.

Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, the committee’s Democratic chairman, wrote in a letter to Trump lawyer David Warrington that he is formally withdrawing the subpoena.


“In light of the imminent end of our investigation, the Select Committee can no longer pursue the specific information covered by the subpoena.”


Back up:


In October 2022, the J6 Committee subpoenaed Trump for documents and testimony related to its investigation.


The committee had voted to subpoena Trump during its final televised hearing before the midterm elections in October 2022, demanding testimony and documents from the former president as it has investigated his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol “insurrection” and efforts to overturn his 2020 defeat.


“We are obligated to seek answers directly from the man who set this all in motion,”


Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the panel’s vice chairwoman and one of two Republicans on the nine-member committee, said at the time.


“And every American is entitled to those answers.”


Trump then sued the committee in November 2022 in an attempt to block the subpoena and to avoid cooperating.


The lawsuit contended that while former presidents have voluntarily agreed to provide testimony or documents in response to congressional subpoenas in the past,


“No president or former president has ever been compelled to do so.”


The committee’s request for documents was sweeping, including personal communications between Trump and members of Congress as well as extremist groups.


Trump’s attorneys said it was overly broad and framed it as an infringement of his First Amendment rights.


While the panel never gained Trump’s testimony, the committee interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses, including most of his closest White House aides and allies.


In its final report issued, the committee concluded that Trump engaged in a “Multi-part conspiracy” to upend the 2020 election and failed to act on the violence.


Why is the J6 committee dropping the subpoena?


It’s a combination of two things:


Republicans take over the House in 5 days and have already stated their intention to shut down the committee.


Trump has been fighting this subpoena in court since October 2022, on the grounds of separation of powers, arguing that one co-equal branch of government cannot compel another to testify. Past presidents have cited this and won.


On social media, Trump and his lawyers saw the move as a victory.


“They probably did so because they knew I did nothing wrong, or they were about to lose in Court,”


On Twitter, Trump lawyer Harmeet Dhillon said the panel had “Waved the white flag.”


Trump responded to the news with the following statement on Truth Social:


“Was just advised that the Unselect Committee of political Thugs has withdrawn the Subpoena of me concerning the January 6th Protest of the CROOKED 2020 Presidential Election. They probably did so because they knew I did nothing wrong, or they were about to lose in Court. Perhaps the FBI’s involvement in RIGGING the Election played into their decision. In any event, the Subpoena is DEAD!”


Let’s pause for perspective:


This was never a legitimate House committee because Nancy Pelosi didn’t allow Republicans to appoint members. Instead, she appointed 7 Democrats and 2 outgoing anti-Trump Republicans [Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger].


This is the end of the road for the J6 committee.


After nearly two years of political theater, they released their final report last week, recommending that Trump be barred from holding office again.


They also voted unanimously [shocker] to recommend Trump be charged by the Department of Justice with inciting an insurrection, among other things.


These recommendations hold no weight.


They are just that – recommendations.


[Source: Daily Wire, New York Post]






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