As it seeks to complete its investigation into the 2021 Capitol uprising, the House Jan. 6 committee on Friday served a subpoena on former President Donald Trump.

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The committee has asked Trump to submit documents by November 4 and to testify “on or about” November 14; this deadline may be extended. The nine-member team has spoken with over 1,000 people, many of whom are close to Trump, but lawmakers claim there are some elements that only he can corroborate.

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What the House Jan. 6 committee wants from Trump:

Texts and other communications

The majority of the 19 demands for information made by the panel concern text messages, call logs, or other forms of communication.The panel mentioned the encrypted messaging app Signal, requesting Trump to provide “communications sent through Signal or any other means.” Trump’s advisers and associates used the app most often.

The panel is requesting Trump to provide copies of all communications, including any conference calls, “placed or received by you at your direction,” on January 6, 2021.

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Additionally, lawmakers would like to talk to Congressmen and others in the weeks regarding the 2020 election and the joint session that Trump’s demonstrators disrupted leading up to the uprising on that day. Any texts mentioning radical groups travelling to Washington, calls for state legislators to reverse the decision, or Vice President Mike Pence objecting to President Joe Biden’s triumph are among those sought.

Additionally, emails “relating or referring in any way to efforts to encourage or summon individuals to travel to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021.”are being sought by the panel, along with interactions with a list of significant Trump allies.

Photographs and video recordings

Trump is being urged to produce any images and video “relating in any way” to his own rally on January 6, the joint session, or the violence at the Capitol by the committee.

With its extensive multimedia presentations and use of video evidence, including uncut footage from the uprising, the Jan. 6 committee set itself apart from prior congressional probes.

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Personal notes

In the broad request to Trump, it is also requested that he provide any electronic or handwritten notes or other records “memorialising conversations” regarding the joint session of Congress or the violence. In particular, the committee requests that Trump provide any notes he may have about his “possible travel to the Capitol that day.”

In testimony to the committee this summer, former White House assistant Cassidy Hutchinson stated that Trump wanted to march with or meet his supporters at the Capitol. Trump was furious when security personnel thwarted that plan, according to many witnesses who appeared before the committee.

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Live testimony

The committee stated that they are interested in speaking with Trump because to his “central role” in a multifaceted campaign to overturn his loss.

The subpoena’s letter particularly requests testimony regarding his interactions with a number of his closest associates, all of whom have informed the committee that they intend to exercise their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. They include Kelli Ward, Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, John Eastman, Jeffrey Clark, and Michael Flynn, all of whom supported Trump while he sought to reverse Biden’s electoral victory.


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