Breaking News: Jan. 6 Committee Issues Subpoena for Trump to Testify – Watch

It really happened…the congressional committee investigating the rioting at the United States Capitol on January 6 voted to subpoena former President Donald Trump on Thursday. The vote was unanimous. 

The committee presented witnesses and evidence that was meant to connect Trump directly to the violence in the capital before voting to call him to testify.

Outgoing Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the vice chair of the committee, said, “We are obligated to seek answers directly from the man who set this all in motion. And every American is entitled to those answers so we can act now to protect our Republic.”

The subpoena not only asks for testimony from the former president but also documents relating to the attack. 

“We just voted unanimously to subpoena Donald Trump,” tweeted Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. “Our democracy demands it. Our constitution demands it. The truth demands it.”a

The committee presented evidence in support of the belief that Trump knew he had lost the election but continued to seek to stay in power. The evidence presented included a secret order to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Somalia days after the election. 

There was testimony from Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in which he claimed that Trump wanted to leave the problem up “to the next guy.”

Rep. Andy Biggs, a Republican from Arizona, was critical of the decision to subpoena Trump. 

“The illegitimate January 6 Committee’s vote to subpoena President Trump is a political hatchet job read by a political hatchet committee,” tweeted Biggs.

“This committee is illegitimately formed, in violation of House rules, and is organized to search and destroy perceived political enemies,” he added.

The committee will likely issue a final report in December before it officially shuts down in January of 2023.