Donald Trump has been sent a subpoena demanding by the House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol by the former US President’s supporters. The subpoena requires documents to be submitted to the January 6 select committee by November 4 and for Mr Trump to appear for deposition testimony beginning on or about November 14.
In a letter to Mr Trump on Friday, the committee wrote: “As demonstrated in our hearings, we have assembled overwhelming evidence, including from dozens of your former appointees and staff, that you personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-part effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election and to obstruct the peaceful transition of power.”
The House Select committee’s seven Democratic and two Republican members voted unanimously on October 13 in favour of subpoenaing Mr Trump, a move which could lead to criminal charges if he does not comply.
Separately, highly sensitive intelligence on Iran and China was in some of the documents recovered by the FBI during an August search of Mr Trump’s home in Florida, The Washington Post reported today, citing people familiar with the matter.
They included secret documents that described intelligence work regarding China and at least one of them described Iran’s missile program, the report said, adding that the documents were considered to be among the most sensitive in the materials seized by the FBI.
The release of information in these documents would pose multiple risks, including endangering people helping US intelligence efforts and compromising collection efforts, the newspaper cited experts as saying.
The US Justice Department is investigating whether Mr Trump broke the law by taking government records, including about 100 classified documents, to his Florida estate after leaving office in January 2021.
JUST IN: Trump’s ex strategist Steve Bannon rants at Biden after being jailed
Outside the courthouse, he ranted as as protesters tried to drown his voice out with shouts of “Traitor!”
Referring to the forthcoming midterm elections, Mr Bannon said: “Today was my judgment day by the judge.
“But on November 8, they are going to have judgment on the illegitimate Biden regime, and quite frankly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the entire committee.”
Bannon has two weeks to file his appeal, which his lawyers said they intend to do.
If he fails to file it on time, he is required to turn himself in by November 15.
According to the Jan. 6 committee, Mr Bannon spoke with Mr Trump at least twice on the day before the attack, attended a planning meeting at a Washington hotel and said on his right-wing podcast that “all hell is going to break loose tomorrow.”
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