January 6 panel member doesn’t rule out holding Trump in contempt if he doesn’t comply with its subpoena

January 6 panel member doesn’t rule out holding Trump in contempt if he doesn’t comply with its subpoena

Video of former President Donald Trump is played during a hearing by the Select Committee in Washington, DC, on June 13, 2022.

Jan. 6 committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger discussed its subpoena to ex-President Donald Trump. 
He didn’t rule out seeking to hold Trump in criminal contempt if he dodges the subpoena. 
The Jan. 6 panel claims Trump was at the center of a plot to overturn the 2020 election. 

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a member of the Jan. 6 committee, said the panel may seek to hold Donald Trump in criminal contempt if the former president defies its subpoena. 

Kinzinger spoke on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday about the panel’s demand that Trump testify about his actions leading up to and on the day of the riot, and the options available to the committee if he doesn’t. 

“Do you believe that the Justice Department, if the president refuses, should hold him in criminal contempt?” asked host George Stephanopoulos. 

—This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 16, 2022

“Look, that’s a bridge we cross if we have to get there,” Kinzinger said.

“So, he should come in on the day we ask him to come in to. If he pushes off beyond that, we’ll figure out what to do next. Granted that, you know, this is not an unprecedented move by Congress, but it’s also, we recognize, this is a big deal. This is a big move.”

“But the American – this isn’t about us. This is about the American people, George.”

The committee has argued that Trump was closely involved in a plot to overturn his defeat in the 2020 election, culminating in the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by his supporters.

The committee voted unanimously to issue the subpoena last week, with chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson saying that Trump is “the one person at the centre of the story of what happened on January 6, so we want to hear from him.”

Trump in response to the subpoena last week reportedly told aides he’d be willing to testify, as long as it was on live TV.

But in a letter to Thompson on Saturday he did not say if he’d be willing to testify, and veered off into again pushing the debunked election fraud claims that inspired the riot. 

Kinzinger said that the process of Trump testifying would require “negotiation.”

“I’ll only address that when we know for sure whether or not the president has tried to push to come in and talk to us live,” he said.

Congressional subpoenas are legally binding orders, meaning that Trump could, in theory, face legal penalties if he chooses not to comply with it.

But there are complications, with many analysts expecting Trump to launch a legal challenge to the subpoena. If the Republicans, as is widely expected, take back control of the House in the November 8 midterms, they are likely to cancel the subpoena. 

Trump has denied wrongdoing in relation to the riot, and accused the committee of of waging a political vendetta. 

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