WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) – The committee of inquiry into the attack on the US Capitol is reluctant to consider a possible summons from ex-President Donald Trump. “The big question that we’re still grappling with as a committee is whether there’s any benefit in speaking to someone like Donald Trump and asking him to come to us,” committee member Adam Kinzinger said on Sunday in the US TV. It remains to be seen whether that will really do anything. “You see, Donald Trump has made it clear that he doesn’t mind not telling the truth,” the Republican said. “He lies all the time. I wouldn’t put it past him to lie under oath.” Therefore, one must ask the question of what value a statement by Trump would have.
The committee is investigating how Trump supporters stormed the seat of the US Congress on January 6, 2021, where Trump’s election defeat by Joe Biden was to be authenticated. An angry crowd rushed into the building, killing five. Most recently, Trump had been heavily incriminated at the panel’s public hearings. Another hearing is planned for Thursday – probably the last before the summer break.
Kinzinger announced further hearings once the panel’s final report is released. If there are still important testimonies, another hearing can in principle be scheduled at any time, says Kinzinger./nau/DP/he
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