J6 Committee, Trump in talks for testimony

By Zachary Cohen, Annie Grayer and Gabby Orr | CNN

The House special committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot is “in talks” with former President Donald Trump’s attorneys about testifying under oath in the investigation, said Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the vice chair of the panel on Tuesday.

Cheney’s comments came days after CNN reported that Trump’s team had officially agreed to accept service of a subpoena issued to him by the House panel to obtain documents and testimony from the former president. Publicly, Trump’s team’s response was limited to a rambling letter to committee members attacking their work and refusing to say whether Trump would agree to testimony.

Still, Trump faces a Friday deadline to respond to the Documents Committee’s subpoena and a Nov. 14 deadline for testimony. Cheney said during an event on threats of political violence in Cleveland, Ohio, that the former president “has an obligation to comply,” but the panel has yet to finalize the format of his possible testimony.

“It will be under oath. It may be conducted over several days,” Cheney said, describing the committee’s preferences for Trump’s testimony. This is not a situation for the Donald Trump Committee to find itself in, she added.

Cheney’s comments are the first indication that talks between the two sides have begun, although it remains unclear how cooperative Trump’s team has been. A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The panel subpoenaed Trump on Oct. 21 to obtain a wide range of documents and to take Trump for an interview under oath beginning Nov. 14 and “to continue in the following days as needed.”

A letter from the committee that accompanied the subpoena portrayed Trump as a central figure in the multi-stage plan to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/01/cheney-j6-committee-trump-in-talks-for-his-testimony/ J6 Committee, Trump in talks for testimony

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