There January 6th select committee is finished, both literally and figuratively it seems, as a new Congress is set to slither into the Capitol come some weekend next month.
The group’s investigation, which has been widely criticized for its political underpinnings, appeared to focus almost exclusively on former President Donald Trump. This effort was seen by many as an attempt to prevent Trump from winning reelection in 2024.
To this end, the committee had even gone as far as to subpoena Trump, threatening to depose him publicly.
Now that the clock’s running out, however, the committee is rescinding that request.
The January 6 Committee has officially withdrawn its subpoena for former President Donald Trump to testify before Congress.
In a letter sent to Trump attorney David Warrington, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the January 6 Committee, said that the subpoena he issued to Trump back in October would no longer be pursued.
“As you may know, the Select Committee has concluded its hearings, released its final report and will very soon reach its end. In light of the imminent end of our investigation, the Select Committee can no longer pursue the specific information covered by the subpoena,” Thompson wrote.
“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,” it added. “We appreciate your engagement with the Select Committee on this matter.”
Trump was delighted at the news.
The former President has denied any wrongdoing in the matter of January 6th, and has been previously acquitted of “incitement” of the Capitol protest during his second impeachment trial.