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Congressional Democrat Says Trump Will Be Compelled To Testify Before Jan. 6 Committee

It’s a question many have asked since the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection was formed: Will former President Donald Trump be subpoenaed for his testimony, and if he is, will he actually have to give a deposition?

According to Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands), the answer is yes.

Plaskett appeared on MSNBC Saturday morning and was asked by host Ali Velshi:

“The chairman of the January 6th committee, [Rep.] Bennie Thompson, has suggested that Donald Trump himself may receive a subpoena for information and possibly testimony.”

Plaskett responded:

“I think that that’s not something that we should consider farfetched. Bennie Thompson has made it very clear that he is going to take this select committee and its members, who are in full agreement with him, wherever the facts may lead them. They’re going to be bound by the facts and the law, and if that means deposing the president, they will do so.”

The congresswoman then added:

“You know, Ali, we’ve recently seen, even if it’s a civil case, that the president has been compelled to give depositions and so his ability to remove himself from depositions in this matter may be farfetched. You know, not only the deposition of the president himself, but records related to him. whether those be cell phone, whether those be Twitter accounts, communications with individuals, video tapes, if there are in the White House of what he is doing on that day.”

Indeed, Trump was ordered earlier this week to give a videotaped deposition in a case involving some of his bodyguards assaulting protesters outside Trump Tower:

Former President Trump will be required to appear for a videotaped deposition in New York next week, a New York judge ruled Thursday.

“It is hereby ordered…Donald J. Trump shall appear for a deposition on October 15, 2021 at 10 a.m.,” wrote New York State Supreme Court Judge Doris Gonzalez, ruling in favor of a group of Mexican human rights activists who sued Mr. Trump, his business, and his presidential campaign in 2015.

Considering the importance of the work being done by the Jan. 6 committee, it seems likely that a federal judge will also order Trump to give a deposition under oath to the House panel.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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