Washington — Representative Liz Cheney, the deputy chairman of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, indicated on Sunday that the panel has not closed the door for former President Donald Trump to testify on live television, but The stressed former president would not turn his appearance into a “circus” or a “food fight”.
In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Cheney was asked whether the committee was open to Trump’s suggestion, as reported by the New York Times, that he should testify before responding to House investigators. give.The panel released on Friday.
“The committee takes this matter very seriously and we are going to proceed with the questioning of the former president under oath,” Cheney said. “It can take days, and it will be done with the level of rigor and discipline and seriousness it deserves.”
The Wyoming Republican said the committee has clearly determined what Trump’s obligations are.
“He’s not going to turn it into a circus,” Cheney said. “It’s not going to be, you know, Joe Biden and his first debate and food fight against the circus. It’s [a] Very serious set of issues.”
Trump’s summons came eight days after the select committee voted unanimously to release the demand, a major escalation in its investigation into the January 6 attack on the Capitol and the circumstances surrounding the violence. panel; has ordered Trump to turn over the documents by November 4 and testify on the statement “on or about November 14.”
In addition to requesting a range of documents from the former president — communications, photos, records of phone calls and memos from the weeks leading up to January 6 — the committee asked Trump to answer questions either personally or under oath at the Capitol. ordered. by videoconferencing.
Trump’s lawyer David Warrington said in a statement that the former president’s legal team would respond “appropriately to this unprecedented action.”
It is unclear whether Trump will comply with the subpoena or challenge it in court, but Cheney said the committee has several options if the former president decides not to cooperate and asks the courts to intervene.
“We have many, many options that we will consider if the former president decides that he is not going to comply with his legal obligation – a legal obligation that every American citizen has to comply with a subpoena,” he said. Told.
Cheney, who lost his primaries in August and will leave Congress at the end of his term, also criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who will become speaker after Republicans regain control of the lower house after the November midterm elections. are ready for.
“Every moment since, frankly, after the election in 2020, when Minority Leader McCarthy has had the opportunity to do the right thing or do something that serves his own political purpose, he has always been on his own terms. chooses to serve a political purpose,” she said. later said that McCarthy is “willing to sacrifice everything for his political gain.”