Trump is not ‘man enough’ to testify in January 6 investigation, Pelosi says

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump is too much of a coward to obey a subpoena from the U.S. Congress forcing him to testify before a special committee investigating his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the Capitol, House. of representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi proposed Sunday.

“I don’t think he’s man enough to appear. I don’t think his lawyers want him to appear because he has to testify under oath,” Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC.

“We’ll see if he’s man enough to show up,” she added.

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On Friday, the select committee announced it had issued the subpoena to Trump, giving him until Nov. 4 to submit a slew of documents related to his activities before and after the deadly Jan. 6 attack by the former president’s supporters . The panel also informed Trump that it wants him to appear for testimony around November 14.

Since losing the 2020 election, Trump has insisted that he is the victim of widespread voter fraud, a claim that has been rejected by dozens of lawsuits and audits.

Nevertheless, Trump has maintained that he did nothing illegal by pushing that issue, including on the day of the Capitol riot. He regularly refers to the congressional panel as the “non-select committee” and has accused it of waging unfair political attacks on him.

The violence at the Capitol erupted as Trump supporters tried to prevent Congress from formally confirming Democrat Joe Biden’s decisive victory in the 2020 presidential election.

Trump and Pelosi have had a long, stormy relationship.

She presided over two impeachments against him, and their dislike of each other was sometimes publicly displayed during his presidency.

At the conclusion of Trump’s 2020 “State of the Union” address to Congress, Pelosi contemptuously tore up a half-printed copy of that address as she sat behind him during the nationally televised event. 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 in Syria erupted in anger when Trump reportedly called Pelosi a “third-rate politician” and later said she was “unhinged”.

Outside the White House after the meeting, which Democrats stormed out of, Pelosi told reporters that Trump had suffered a “meltdown.”

‘CRIMINAL OFFENSES’

Also on Sunday, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Trump is likely to have committed multiple criminal acts for which the U.S. Department of Justice could potentially prosecute him.

“We’ve been very clear about a variety of criminal acts that are likely at issue here,” said Cheney, one of two Republican members on the House select panel.

“He has demonstrated his willingness to use force to try to stop the peaceful transition of power,” Cheney said.

She did not outline specific criminal charges, which the committee could recommend in an upcoming report after a more than year-long investigation.

Cheney, who lost his Republican leadership role because of his criticism of Trump, as well as her 2022 primary, said: “We have testified that he admitted he lost (the 2020 presidential election).

“But even if he thought he had won, don’t send an armed mob to the Capitol. Don’t sit for 187 minutes and refuse to stop the attack while it’s underway. Don’t send a tweet encouraging further violence,” Cheney said.

Cheney did not say what the panel would do if Trump refuses to cooperate with the subpoena. If he testifies, she said, “he’s not going to turn this into a circus.”

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Reporting by Richard Cowan and Katharine Jackson; Editing by Bill Berkrot

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