Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, co-chair of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 impeachment inquiry, said the committee expects former President Donald Trump to testify behind closed doors if he complies with the committee’s terms. SubpoenaAnd said the group wanted to avoid turning Trump’s testimony into political drama.
In an interview with NBC News on Sunday, Cheney said he expected Trump to comply with the committee’s subpoena calling on the former president to testify and share selected documents with investigators. Cheney said the committee plans to treat Trump’s testimony “with the utmost seriousness.”
“We’re going to continue to question the former president under oath,” Cheney said. “It may take several days, and it will be done with the rigor and discipline and seriousness it deserves.”
Asked about the possibility of Trump testifying publicly, Cheney said he would take his testimony “very seriously.”
“(Trump) is not going to turn this into a circus,” Cheney said. “It’s Joe Biden and his first debate against circuses and food fights, you know. It’s a very serious set of issues.”
The committee formally sent its subpoena to Trump’s lawyers last week, after announcing its intention to do so at the most recent hearing earlier this month. The Subpoena orders They must hand over the documents to the committee by November 4 and appear for “one or more days of deposition beginning on November 14.”
Cheney said the panel has “many, many alternatives” if Trump ultimately does not comply with the committee’s subpoena, though he did not elaborate on what those alternatives would be.
Clarification: This story has been updated to better reflect Cheney’s response to the possibility of former President Donald Trump’s live televised testimony.