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Jan. 6 committee votes unanimously to subpoena Trump to appear before the committee

Thursday's public hearing is likely to be the last before the release of the final report

October 13, 2022 1:02pm

Updated: October 13, 2022 11:03pm

The House Jan. 6 select committee voted unanimously to subpoena former President Trump during its public hearing on Thursday where new video evidence was presented.

"We just voted unanimously to subpoena Donald Trump to testify UNDER OATH. Democracy demands it. History deserves it," committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, wrote on Twitter after the vote.

Thursday's public hearing is likely to be the last before the release of the final report.

Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, who lost her primary, was present at the hearing along with the other members of the panel.

“The vast weight of evidence presented so far has shown us that the central cause of Jan. 6 was one man, Donald Trump, who many others followed,” Cheney said.

Kinzinger said Trump privately acknowledged he had lost the election but made contrary statements publicly. 

The committee played recorded video of former Trump aide Jason Miller who said he sat down with Trump after the election was called for Biden and told him that the chance of winning legal challenges was "very small."

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel testified before the committee that Trump and his attorney John Eastman called her about their fake elector scheme. 

The committee played testimony from McDaniel, who said she received a call from the White House related to fake electors casting votes.

"When I received the call, again, I don’t remember the exact date, it was — it was from the White House switchboard, and it was President Trump who had contacted me," McDaniel said. "He introduced me to a gentleman named John Eastman."

She recalled Eastman telling her that the RNC could help "gather these contingent electors in case any of the legal challenges that were ongoing changed the result of any of the states."

Another new video the committee played was of House leadership including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer attempting to regain control of the U.S. Capitol as the riot was taking place. 

Schumer can be seen on the video speaking by phone with acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. Schumer told Rosen that Trump needs to publicly call for the rioters to leave the Capitol.

"Why don't you get the president to tell them to leave the Capitol, Mr. Attorney General, in your law enforcement responsibility," he said.

Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, said Trump didn't immediately tell the rioters to stop after he learned of the U.S. Capitol breach.

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