On Friday (October 14), in a 14-page response to a question regarding if he’d testify before the Jan. 6 Select Committee under subpoena, former President Donald Trump dodged the question; instead, focusing on his disproven claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
Trump posted the 14-page letter addressing the panel’s chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) on Friday morning, a day after the Jan. 6 panel had voted unanimously to subpoena the former President.
Though the letter was only posted — to Thompson and the media — on Friday, it appears the former President wrote it the day of the panel’s decision as it was dated October 13.
After a paragraph lambasting those on the Committee for its “double standard,” Trump introduced the purpose of his 14-page response: “This memo is being written to express our anger, disappointment, and complaint that with all of the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on what many consider to be a Charade and Witch Hunt, and despite strong and powerful requests, you have not spent even a short moment on examining the massive Election Fraud that took place during the 2020 Presidential Election, and have targeted only those who were, as concerned American Citizens, protesting the Fraud itself.”
Appended to the letter are four images depicting the Jan. 6 crowd size, followed by bullet points debunking his loss in five swing states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
In response to Trump’s reply, Rep. Adam Schiff — a member of the Committee — tweeted, “Trump’s unsworn ‘statement’ about the work of @January6thCmte is not a substitute for testimony under oath. We await a serious response from the former president.”
He added, “Seven previous presidents have honored their responsibility to appear before Congress. Trump should do the same.”