Subpoena scrapped in Jan. 6th Committee’s final days

An image of former President Donald Trump is displayed as members of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol hold its last public meeting in the Canon House Office Building on Capitol Hill on December 19, 2022 in Washington, DC. The committee is expected to approve its final report and vote on referring charges to the Justice Department of insurrection, obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress and conspiracy to defraud the United States against former President Donald Trump. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)
An image of former President Donald Trump is displayed as members of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol hold its last public meeting in the Canon House Office Building on Capitol Hill on December 19, 2022 in Washington, DC. The committee is expected to approve its final report and vote on referring charges to the Justice Department of insurrection, obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress and conspiracy to defraud the United States against former President Donald Trump. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

OAN Shannon Kelland
UPDATED 11:45 AM PT – Thursday, December 29, 2022

The January 6th Committee has withdrawn its subpoena of former President Donald Trump prior to Democrats loss of the House majority and the new Republican reign disbands the panel.

The committee Chairman, Bennie Thompson (D-Miss) sent a letter on Wednesday to Trump’s lawyer.

“In light of the imminent end of our investigation, the Select Committee can no longer pursue the specific information covered by the subpoena. Therefore, through this letter, I hereby formally withdraw the subpoena issued to former President Trump, and notify you that he is no longer obligated to comply or produce records in response to said subpoena,” Thompson wrote.

The committee subpoenaed Trump in October, which ordered him to turn over documents by November 4th. It also requested for Trump to appear for depositions under oath beginning on November 14th.

Trump opposed by filing a lawsuit to block the subpoena. His lawyers called it “invalid,” because it did not further a legislative purpose. They also claimed it to be overly broad and an attack on his First Amendment rights. The result of the suit froze the issue.

This withdrawal is in conjunction with the House’s January 6th probe winding down. With committee officially expiring on December 31st, there is not enough time to litigate these matters.

Trump took to his social media platform Truth Social to celebrate the news and comment on the committee.

Earlier this month, the committee had dropped subpoenas served to other notable figures. This included former top Trump political advisors Stephen Miller and Roger Stone.

One of Trump’s lawyers, Harmeet K. Dillon, also took to social media to celebrate with a tweet update out to the public.

The final public meeting the committee was held last week, and transcripts of witness testimonies are continually being release. The testimonies include statements from former aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who described Chief of Staff Mark Meadows burning documents “roughly a dozen times.” In addition, former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the idea of removing Trump from office via the 25th Amendment.