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Footage of Congressional Leadership Shown at Ninth Jan. 6 Public Hearing Leads to Committee’s Decision to Subpoena Donald Trump

Former President Donald Trump Speaking at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo Courtesy of Gage Skidmore. 

After recapping all findings presented by the United States House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 attack over the last year of investigations–including the mass election fraud campaign and pressure against former Vice President Mike Pence, leadership in the Department of Defense and state and local elected officials and footage of congressional leaders at the Capitol the day of the riot–the committee ended its ninth hearing by issuing former President Donald Trump a subpoena.

“The Chairman… is hereby directed to subpoena Donald J. Trump for documents and testimony in connection with the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol,” the clerk called as the Committee business meeting came to a close.

The video footage of the firsthand reactions of congressional leadership during the riot showed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D, Calif, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D, S.C. and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D, N.Y. in a secure and confined location pleading with acting Attorney General Jeffery Rosen and the Department of Justice to take action against the rioters. Speaker Pelosi even plainly stated that the violence was caused by Trump.

“They’re breaking the law in many different ways. And quite frankly, much of it is the instigation of the President of the United States,” Pelosi spoke into the phone.

Schumer then followed this statement by telling Attorney General Rosen to encourage the President to issue a public statement. 

“Why don’t you get the president to tell them to leave the Capitol, Mr. Attorney General, in your law enforcement responsibility? A public statement they should all leave,” Sen. Schumer demanded in a phone call conversation.

Their Republican counterparts–Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R, Ky. and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R, La. –were in the same room demanding the supplemental forces be called by the Department of Defense and reverted to the Capitol. 

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Speaker Pelosi also requested that Govs. Ralph Northam, D, Va. and Larry Hogan, R, Md. send the National Guard to their states .

“I was just talking to Gov. Northam, and what he said is they sent 200 state police and a unit of the National Guard,” Pelosi explained to Schumer.

This never-before-seen footage of congressional leadership navigating the Jan. 6 riot gives exceptional insight into the major decisions made on the day of the Capitol riot to keep members from getting brutally attacked while continuing to pursue the counting of the electoral votes.

The committee’s subpoena could act as a barrier to Trump’s possible 2024 election run if incriminating information is discovered on his behalf.

Copy edited by Jadyn Barnett

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