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Trump’s subpoena and what’s next for the Jan. 6 panel

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FILE - A video of then-President Donald Trump speaking is displayed as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. In an extraordinary step, the House Jan. 6 committee on Thursday voted to subpoena former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary step, the House Jan. 6 committee has voted unanimously to subpoena former President Donald Trump — a final effort to get the full story of the Capitol insurrection as the panel wraps up its work by the end of the year.

Trump still does not acknowledge the “former” in front of “president,” and he has been relentlessly hostile to the investigation. He called it a “charade and a witch hunt” in a letter to the committee on Friday — but notably did not mention the subpoena or say whether he would comply with the demand for his appearance.

The attempt to compel Trump’s testimony comes as the committee is tying together multiple investigative threads and compiling its final report. The panel is only authorized through this Congress, which ends on Jan. 3.

A look at what’s next as the panel sprints to its finish:

THE TRUMP SUBPOENA

The nine-member committee has interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses, including many of the former president’s top White House aides. And they have laid out a detailed timeline of Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat — including his inaction as his supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. But they still want to hear from Trump himself.

Now that a subpoena has been authorized — on Thursday — it must be delivered in writing to Trump. That step, expected early next week, will set a date for an interview and lay out requests for documents.

Trump and his lawyers will then decide how to respond. He could comply, negotiate with the committee, announce he will defy the subpoena or ignore it altogether. He could also go to court and try to stop it.

If Trump doesn’t comply, the panel will have to weigh the practical and political implications of a vote on holding him in contempt of Congress. If the full House voted to recommend such a charge, the Justice Department would then review the case.

The committee has taken that step with some of Trump’s allies who refused to comply with subpoenas, including Steve Bannon, who was convicted of contempt in July. But holding a former president in contempt would be another matter, an exceptional step for any Congress.

In his letter on Friday, Trump repeated his false claims of widespread election fraud and said he was writing to express “anger, disappointment and complaint” that the committee wasn’t investigating his claims. He also took the opportunity to boast anew about the size of the crowd that gathered for his speech near the White House on the morning of Jan. 6, before he sent them marching to the Capitol. He included aerial photographs. He said nothing about the subpoena.

Even if he does comply, there’s reason to doubt that Trump’s appearance would help the investigation. He did respond to some written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller during the probe of Russian cooperation with his 2016 campaign. But his answers produced little or nothing to advance the investigation. More recently, he appeared for a deposition by the office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James — but invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination more than 400 times in refusing to answer questions.

WHAT ABOUT PENCE?

The committee is still talking to lawyers for former Vice President Mike Pence, as it has been for months. But it is unclear whether the lawmakers will subpoena the vice president or ask him for testimony.

Several of Pence’s aides have talked to investigators, some providing great detail about his movements and state of mind as he resisted Trump’s pleas to object to the certification of electoral votes that day and try to overturn their defeat to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Video shown Thursday at the committee’s final hearing before the midterm elections showed Pence coordinating with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer for help as the rioters were inside the building, some of them calling for Pence’s execution. The leaders were working with security officials to ensure that they could return to the Capitol and certify Biden’s victory.

A CRIMINAL REFERRAL?

The committee will also have to decide whether to refer any allegations of crimes to the Justice Department. While federal prosecutors are conducting their own investigations into Jan. 6 and Trump’s efforts to overturn the election, the congressional committee has its separate, massive trove of evidence.

Lawmakers on the panel have hinted multiple times over the past year that they will issue criminal referrals. At the hearing on Thursday, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the committee’s Republican vice chairwoman, said that the panel “may ultimately decide” to do so. She said they have “sufficient information to consider criminal referrals for multiple individuals.”

While such a referral would not force any action, it would amplify the political pressure on Attorney General Merrick Garland as the department pursues its own probes.

SECRET SERVICE

The committee recently received more than 1.5 million pages of documents from the Secret Service. But lawmakers say they still don’t have everything they want.

The panel is working to verify the accounts of White House aides who described Trump’s actions on Jan. 6 as he tried to go to the Capitol and accompany his supporters, hundreds of whom eventually broke in. Security officials, along with many White House aides and GOP members of Congress, were vehemently opposed to the idea. Trump was livid and tried, ultimately unsuccessfully, to go to the Capitol anyway, according to several accounts aired by the committee.

California Rep. Pete Aguilar, a Democratic member of the panel, said the lawmakers “will be recalling witnesses and conducting further investigative depositions” based on the Secret Service material. The agency has not turned over text messages that it says were deleted.

FINAL REPORT

The panel’s expected final action will be a massive report laying out evidence, findings and legislative recommendations to ensure nothing like Jan. 6 ever happens again. But it’s unclear how much of its investigative material will be released to the public.

In one of eight hearings last summer, Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, another Democratic member, said, “We have only shown a small fraction of what we have found.”

Lawmakers have made clear that the report will lay out what they view as the stakes for the country as many Republicans still believe, falsely, that the 2020 election was stolen and as Trump considers another run in 2024.

“With every effort to excuse or justify the conduct of the former president, we chip away at the foundation of our republic,” Cheney said at the hearing.

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Governor Ron DeSantis Advocates for a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional Term Limits

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was invited by the U.S. Term Limits organization to travel to meet with legislative leaders to encourage the passage of state resolutions calling for term limits on members of Congress. Florida passed House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 693 calling for a U.S. Term Limits convention during the 2024 Legislative Session. Florida is among a group of six states that have passed resolutions through both chambers of state legislature to make such an application for a convention.
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“We need term limits for members of Congress. Florida has already certified a proposed amendment under Article V of the Constitution and other states are poised to follow suit,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “At the invitation of the U.S. Term Limits organization, I traveled today to encourage other state legislators to follow Florida’s lead and pass a resolution to call for a constitutional amendment for congressional term limits. We will never turn our country around if we don’t change the incentives in DC. Term limits are supported by huge majorities of Americans—it’s time to make it happen.”

The U.S. Constitution provides state legislatures with the authority to propose amendments without the approval of Congress. To call the U.S. Term Limits Convention, it would require two-thirds of the 50 states to pass similar resolutions. Currently, Florida, Alabama, Missouri, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin have passed resolutions calling for a U.S. Term Limits Convention, though other states have such a resolution passed in a single chamber or before their legislative bodies for a vote.

 

The Governor’s efforts to work with other states to call for U.S. term limits is an important function of the role of states in demanding accountability from Washington, D.C. Today’s advocacy builds upon his announcement last month calling for other constitutional reforms and the successful passage of HCR 693.

 

 

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Vice President Kamala Harris remarks at Independent Enterprises Construction Site Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Vice President Kamala Harris: Just — these incredibly highly skilled folks are doing the work that is about removing lead pipes, which for too long in our country have existed, especially in communities that just couldn’t afford on their own to pay to get rid of those lead pipes.

And lead pipes produce toxic water. And when children drink toxic water through lead pipes, it has an impact on their learning ability, on their health. And for too long, this has been the case, that communities have been crying out for support to get rid of these lead pipes.

And proud — I am proud to say that the President and I have finally made a commitment — and we’re seeing it through — to get rid of all lead pipes in America.

And so, this is one of the projects that is taking place because of our infrastructure work. And it’s about good-paying jobs — union jobs. The — the folks who are running this operation hired over 100 people just to do this work.

But it’s about the families that live here and — and deserve to — to be heard and deserve to get the attention they’re now receiving because of our work.

So, thank you all.

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President Trump Receives Endorsements from 15 Current and Former South Carolina Sheriffs

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the North Portico of the White House, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

North Charleston, SC Today, President Donald J. Trump announced that 15 current and former South Carolina sheriffs are endorsing his campaign for the presidency. In total, President Trump has received 182 endorsements from South Carolina’s staunchest conservative leaders, along with more than 250 Grassroots Leaders who announced their support last June.

 

“After three years and millions of illegal aliens and countless deadly drugs smuggled into the United States, South Carolinians need a strong and steady Commander in Chief,” said Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright. “As the only Law and Order candidate running for president, President Trump has the unique experience and bold leadership to protect our families and communities. He secured our border once before, and he will do it once again.”

 

“We saw brazen lawlessness erupt right here in Charleston in 2020, and security at home requires fearless leaders like President Trump, not weak-kneed politicians like Nikki Haley who kowtows to her globalist Democrat donors,” said former Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon. “President Trump is headed for a historic win in South Carolina, and it’s time for Nikki Haley to step aside and unite behind the only candidate who will defeat Joe Biden and restore our nation in November.”

 

Sheriffs Endorsements:

Sheriff Rick Clark, Pickens County

Sheriff D. Max Dorsey, II Chester County

Sheriff Lee Boan, Kershaw County

Sheriff TJ Joye, Florence County

Sheriff Duane Lewis, Berkeley County

Sheriff Hobart Lewis, Greenville County

Sheriff Chad McBride, Anderson County

Sheriff Don Reynolds, Laurens County

Sheriff Josh Price, Saluda County

Sheriff Jody Rowland, Edgefield County

Sheriff Clark Stearns, McCormick County

Sheriff Kevin Tolson, York County

Sheriff Carter Weaver, Georgetown County

Sheriff Chuck Wright, Spartanburg County

Former Sheriff Al Cannon, Charleston County

 

 

President Trump’s South Carolina Leadership Team:

Governor Henry McMaster

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham

U.S. Senator Tim Scott

Lt. Governor Pamela Evette

Attorney General Alan Wilson

Treasurer Curtis Loftis

Secretary of State Mark Hammond

Hugh Weathers, Commissioner of Agriculture

U.S. Representative Joe Wilson (SC-02)

U.S. Representative Jeff Duncan (SC-03)

U.S. Representative William Timmons (SC-04)

U.S. Representative Nancy Mace (SC-01)

U.S. Representative Russell Fry (SC-07)

State Senator Ronnie Cromer, Chairman, Banking and Insurance Committee

State Senator Danny Verdin, Chairman, Medical Affairs Committee

State Senator Brian Adams

State Senator Billy Garrett

State Senator Penry Gustafson

State Senator Josh Kimbrell, former State Chair, Ron DeSantis

State Senator Rex Rice

State Representative Murrell Smith, Jr., Speaker of the House

State Representative Davey Hiott, Majority Leader

State Representative Bruce Bannister, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee

State Representative Sylleste Davis, Chairman, Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee

State Representative Shannon Erickson, Chairman, House Education and Public Works Committee

State Representative Jeff Johnson, Chairman, House Legislative Oversight Committee

State Representative Jay Jordan, Jr., Chairman, House Ethics Committee

State Representative Patrick Haddon, Chairman, House Operations and Management Committee

State Representative Bill Hixon, Chairman, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee

State Representative Weston Newton, Chairman, House Judiciary Committee

State Representative Bill Sandifer III, Chairman, Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee

State Representative William Bailey

State Representative Thomas Beach

State Representative Gary Brewer

State Representative Case Brittain

State Representative Mike Burns

State Representative Bill Chumley

State Representative Bobby Cox

State Representative Brandon Cox

State Representative Heather Ammons Crawford

State Representative Don Chapman

State Representative Jason Elliott

State Representative Cal Forrest, Jr.

State Representative Daniel Gibson

State Representative Doug Gilliam

State Representative Val Guest, Jr.

State Representative Brandon Guffey

State Representative Rob Harris

State Representative Bill Hager

State Representative Kevin Hardee

State Representative Bill Herbkersman

State Representative Lee Hewitt

State Representative Stewart Jones

State Representative Jay Kilmartin

State Representative Steven Long

State Representative Brian Lawson

State Representative Matt Leber, former State Chair, Vivek Ramaswamy

State Representative Randy Ligon

State Representative Phillip Lowe

State Representative RJ May

State Representative Ryan McCabe

State Representative John McCravy

State Representative Tim McGinnis

State Representative Cody Mitchell

State Representative Travis Moore

State Representative Adam Morgan

State Representative Alan Morgan

State Representative Chris Murphy

State Representative Brandon Newton

State Representative David O’Neal

State Representative Jordan Pace

State Representative Fawn Pedalino

State Representative Roger Nutt

State Representative Melissa Lackey Oremus

State Representative Robby Robbins

State Representative Mark Smith

State Representative Bill Taylor

State Representative David Vaughan

State Representative Jay West

State Representative Bill Whitmire

Sheriff Rick Clark, Pickens County

Sheriff D. Max Dorsey, II

Sheriff Lee Boan, Kershaw County

Sheriff TJ Joye, Florence County

Sheriff Duane Lewis, Berkeley County

Sheriff Hobart Lewis, Greenville County

Sheriff Chad McBride, Anderson County

Sheriff Don Reynolds, Laurens County

Sheriff Josh Price, Saluda County

Sheriff Jody Rowland, Edgefield County

Sheriff Clark Stearns, McCormick County

Sheriff Kevin Tolson, York County

Sheriff Carter Weaver, Georgetown County

Sheriff Chuck Wright, Spartanburg County

Treasurer Sheila Carpenter, Cherokee County

Treasurer Jim Eckstrom, Lexington County

Treasurer Jason Goings, Aiken County

Treasurer Randy Roberts, Kershaw County

Treasurer Mike Skinner, Jasper County

Auditor Charles Barton, Aiken County

Auditor Angie Suggs, Darlington County

Auditor Ryan Thomas, Cherokee County

Coroner Paul Brouthers, Dorchester County

Court Clerk Scott Suggs, Darlington County

Shanda Allen, Horry County School Board, District 11

Amanda Brett, Greenville County School Board, Area 26

Gene Lipsey, Chairman, Union County School Board

Sherri Taunton, Spartanburg County School Board, District 5

Councilman Tom Audette, York County

Councilman Benton Blount, Greenville County

Councilman Danny Bright, Union County

Councilwoman Beth Carigg, Chairwoman, Lexington County

Councilman Cam Crawford, Horry County

Councilman Danny Feagin, Aiken County

Councilman Tommy Ford, Union County

Chairman Johnny Gardner, Horry County

Councilman Sandy Haskell, Aiken County

Councilman Justin McCorkle, Spartanburg County

Councilman Kelley Mobley, Aiken County

Councilman Verd Odom, Marlboro County

Councilman Luke Rankin, Laurens County

Councilwoman Erin Mosley, Chester County

Councilman Thomas Reitz, Beaufort County

Councilman Alex Saitta, Pickens County

Councilman William Schofield, Florence County

Councilman Steven Shaw, Greenville County

Councilman Andrew Siders, Vice Chairman, Aiken County

Councilman David Sinclair, Vice Chairman,

Councilwoman Annie Smith, Union County

Councilman Stan Tzouvelekas, Greenville County

Councilman Pete Wilson, Chester County

Robert Harte, Aiken County Court Clerk

Mayor Curtis Boyd, Darlington

Mayor Rockey Burgess, Williamston

Mayor Christopher Burton, Honea Path

Mayor Jason Evans, Pageland

Mayor Chris Gray, Tega Cay

Mayor Todd Harrelson, Loris

Mayor Juston Ricard, Springdale

Mayor Jason Shamis, Campobello

Mayor Jarred Spencer, Cowpens

Mayor Kimberly Williams, New Ellenton

Councilman Donnie Adams, Lockhart

Councilman Greg Addison, Union

Councilman Al Allen, Myrtle Beach

Councilman Preston Bennett, Jonesville

Councilman Bryan Braddock, Florence

Councilman Lee Cole, Williamston

Councilwoman Jackie Hatley, Myrtle Beach

Councilman Michael Kellems, Aiken

Councilman Mark McFalls, Lockhart

Councilman Chad O’Rear, Simpsonville

Councilman Kevin Reeley, Springdale

Councilman Jarrett Taylor, Latta

Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC Ret.

The Honorable Ed McMullen, Former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Former Lt. Governor André Bauer

Former Secretary of State Jim Miles

Former Adjutant General Bob Livingston

Former US Attorney Peter McCoy

Former State Senator Jake Knotts

Former State Senator Mike Rose

Former State Representative and House Education Committee Chair Rita Allison

Former State Representative Katie Arrington

Former State Representative Bruce Bryant

Former State Representative Chip Limehouse

Former State Representative Becky Meacham-Richardson

Former State Representative Mike Ryhal

Former State Representative Gary Smith

Former Sheriff Al Cannon, Charleston County

Former Councilman John Carigg, Lexington County

Former Councilman Roger Wade, Union County

Former School Board Member W.A. Buck Peay, Union County

Former Chairman Ken Richardson, Horry County School Board

Former Mayor Mark McBride, Myrtle Beach

Former Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Jimmy Davis, Pickens

Former Councilman Michael Drake, Surfside Beach

Former Councilman Harry Griffin, Charleston

Former Councilman Dan Harvell, Honea Path

Former Councilwoman Cynthia Keating, Surfside Beach

Former Mayor William “Bo” McMillan, Mullins

Former Councilman Randall Wallace, Myrtle Beach

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