By Richard Cowan and Katharine Jackson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump is too cowardly to obey a U.S. Congressional subpoena requiring him to testify before a special commission investigating his role in the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, President of House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi suggested Sunday.
“I don’t think he’s manly enough to show up. I don’t think his lawyers will want him to show up because he has to testify under oath,” Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC.
“We’ll see if he’s manly enough to show up,” she added.
On Friday, the select committee announced it had issued the subpoena to Trump, giving him until Nov. 4 to submit a wide range of documents related to his activities before and after the deadly Jan. 6 attack by Trump supporters. the former president. The panel also informed Trump that it wanted him to appear to testify on or around November 14.
Since losing the 2020 election, Trump has insisted he was the victim of widespread voter fraud, an allegation that has been dismissed by numerous lawsuits and audits.
Nonetheless, Trump maintained that he did nothing illegal in pressing the matter, including on the day of the Capitol riot. He regularly calls the congressional panel an “unelected committee” and accused it of carrying out unfair political attacks against him.
Video: Liz Cheney comments on Trump’s possible appearance before the January 6 committee
Violence on Capitol Hill erupted as Trump supporters tried to block Congress from officially certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s decisive victory in the 2020 presidential election.
Trump and Pelosi have had a long and rocky relationship.
She guided two impeachment proceedings against him and their dislike for each other was sometimes on public display during his presidency.
At the end of Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address to Congress, Pelosi disdainfully tore up half of a printed copy of that address as she sat behind him at the televised event in national scale. It came after Trump arrived at the House podium to begin the speech and refused to shake Pelosi’s hand.
The previous year, a White House meeting between Trump and congressional leaders on US policy on Syria erupted in anger when Trump allegedly called Pelosi a “third-rate politician” and later said she was ” unbalanced”.
Outside the White House after the meeting that Democrats stormed out of, Pelosi told reporters that Trump suffered a “meltdown.”
Also on Sunday, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Trump likely committed several criminal offenses for which the U.S. Justice Department could potentially prosecute him.
“We’ve been very clear on a number of different criminal offenses that are likely at issue here,” said Cheney, one of two Republican members of the House panel.
“He has demonstrated a willingness to use force to try to stop the peaceful transition of power,” Cheney said.
She did not spell out the specific criminal charges the committee might recommend in an upcoming report following an investigation lasting more than a year.
Cheney, who lost his role as Republican leader over his criticism of Trump, as well as his 2022 primary election, said: “We testified that he admitted to losing (the 2020 presidential election).
“But even if he thought he had won, you can’t send an armed mob to the Capitol. You can’t sit around for 187 minutes and refuse to stop the attack while it’s in progress. You can’t send a tweet that incites more violence,” Cheney said.
Cheney did not say what the panel would do if Trump refused to cooperate with the subpoena. If he testifies, she says, “he won’t turn this into a circus.”
(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Katharine Jackson; Editing by Bill Berkrot)