The Jan. 6 committee may well have played its last hand before the midterm elections and it looks to be another bust as former President Donald Trump not only called their bluff but artfully countered their vote to issue him a subpoena to testify with enthusiasm under one condition: “as long as he can appear live before an audience.”
“Why didn’t the Unselect Committee ask me to testify months ago?” Trump had initially reacted after the 9-0 vote by the panel. “Why did they wait until the very end, the final moments of their last meeting? Because the Committee is a total ‘BUST’ that has only served to further divide our Country which, by the way, is doing very badly — A laughing stock all over the World?”
However, Trump didn’t stop there as Friday morning he released a formal statement to Committee Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) to express “anger, disappointment, and complaint that will all of the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on what many consider to be a Charade and Witch Hunt, and despite the strong and powerful request, you have not spent even a short moment on examining the massive Election Fraud that took place during the 2020 Presidential Election, and have targeted only those who were, as concerned American Citizens, protesting the Fraud itself.”
“Peacefully and Patriotically”
Read Pres Trump’s statement below: pic.twitter.com/xhPHvJtV8f
— StaceyAzNyc (@StaceyAzNyc) October 14, 2022
Now, according to unnamed sources who spoke to The Guardian, “Trump has previously expressed an eagerness to appear before the select committee and ‘get his pound of flesh’ as long as he can appear live before an audience, the sources said – a thought he reiterated to close aides on Thursday after the panel voted to issue him a subpoena.”
The report continued by stating, “The issue for Trump with the select committee remains whether the panel would accept a demand to testify live. The select committee has rejected testimony with conditions for virtually all witnesses, with the exception of former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson.”
“If Trump does make his appearance contingent on conditions that the select committee cannot countenance, it is not clear what options are available to compel his testimony given his position as a former president,” it went on.
Thompson went on the record as saying, “He must be accountable. He is required to answer for his actions.”
However, Trump’s assent and positive response to coming forward to testify have placed the partisan committee in a lose-lose scenario. Fox News had reported that if Trump were to testify before the committee, he would “talk about how corrupt the election was, how corrupt the committee was, and how Nancy Pelosi did not call up the National Guard that Trump strongly recommended for her to do three days earlier on January 3, 2021.”
More succinctly, “he’ll just make them all look like idiots and turn the entire thing into a circus…”
You guys realize if Trump does show up and testify under oath he'll just make them all look like idiots and turn the entire thing into a circus, yes?
— 👻The🐰FOO🎃 (@PolitiBunny) October 14, 2022
Trump told Fox News Digital, “The committee is a hoax, a sham, a partisan witch hunt which is a continuation of the witch hunt that has gone on since the great day for our country that I came down the golden escalator with our future first lady. They have no case, they have no ratings, so they have to try to do this to get publicity.”
The other corner the committee has risked painting itself into involves the precedent of subpoenaing a former president. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton pointed out how the door would be opened for Republican-controlled Congress to get former President Barack Obama on the record about the litany of scandals during his administration including Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and the alleged spying on Trump during his campaign and after the 2016 election.
So House can now call Obama to testify under oath on:
Fast and Furious
Spying on Trump
Cash to Iran terror regime
Arms to jihadists in Syria
You can keep your doctor
Clinton crime cover up
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) October 14, 2022
In all likelihood, as the sham committee has so often postured to increase viewership, Trump’s live testimony would be the most watched day of the hearing and the president would undoubtedly and rightfully take credit for that win too.
There have been two prior attempts by Congress to subpoena former presidents despite immunity according to Fox. In the 1840s an effort was made to garner information about clandestine intelligence issues from former Presidents John Tyler and John Quincy Adams and following former President Harry Truman’s administration, the Committee on Un-American Activities sought to subpoena him. None of the presidents had complied.
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