This article has been updated to include former President Donald Trump’s Thursday reaction via Truth Social.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — The January 6 Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on Thursday to subpoena former U.S. President Donald Trump as Democrats scramble to scrape up support ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
The Committee approved the resolution in a 9-0 vote, formally directing the committee chairman to subpoena Trump “for documents and testimony in connection with the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol.”
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Prior to offering the resolution, Committee vice chairwoman Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming told the Committee they were “obligated to seek answers directly from the man who set this all in motion,” urging them to “act now to protect our Republic.”
“The central cause of Jan. 6 was one man, Donald Trump, who many others followed,” said Cheney, who lost her primary bid by an historic margin earlier this year. “President Trump had a premeditated plan to declare that the election was fraudulent and stolen before Election Day.”
During the Committee meeting, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California argued that Trump had “incited that angry mob to march on the Capitol” on January 6, and “knew they were armed and dangerous.”
Democrats and left-leaning Republicans have attempted to prove that Trump orchestrated the January 6 riot, which broke out after Trump’s “March to Save America” rally, for over a year.
Trump’s speech was meant to demand that Congress delay certification of the 2020 presidential election results over allegations of vote fraud in several states. Following the speech, Trump explicitly called on protestors to be peaceful and go home.
However, Trump’s political opponents blamed him for “inciting” the riot that unfolded, leading to an unsuccessful impeachment attempt. Yet despite the FBI failing to find evidence that the violence was planned or organized, more than a dozen Democrat committee investigations into the event have continued ever since, with hundreds of people arrested and many conservatives expressing concerns about their treatment and disproportionate, selective punishment.
Meanwhile, conservatives have long speculated that federal law enforcement officers or informants may have been involved in the violence that occurred following the “Stop the Steal” speech.
For instance, questions remain unanswered regarding the role of Ray Epps, a January 6 protester who was caught on video urging people to enter the Capitol while Trump supporters shouted him down with chants of “fed, fed, fed.” Unlike many other January 6 protesters, Epps has not been arrested or charged with a crime.
Trump responded to the January 6 Committee’s subpoena in a Thursday afternoon post on his Truth Social account.
“Why didn’t the Unselect Committee ask me to testify months ago? Why did they wait until the very end, the final moments of their last meeting?” Trump said. “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?”