Jan. 6 Panel Can’t Send Trump Subpoena Because He Lacks Lawyers Who Can Take It

The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2020 breach of the U.S. Capitol has yet not to officially subpoena former President Donald Trump. This is partly because they are unable to determine which of his many attorneys can accept such an order on Trump’s behalf.

According to a report from ABC NewsMultiple Trump lawyers, who are handling various legal matters on his behalf, told the January 6th committee that they were not authorized to accept a subpoena for their investigation.

Once the committee learns who is authorized to accept the subpoena, it’s expected to send the order to Trump as soon as possible, sources familiar with the matter say. The deadline for the former president’s response is the only thing that is preventing the subpoena from being sent.

Trump has struggled to hire and retain legal counsel in recent years, which is part of the problem in finding the right lawyer. Some media reports claim that Trump’s problems are due to his inability to pay lawyers in the past.

Trump failed to find lawyers in the weeks that followed the FBI search for Mar-a-Lago. New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said.

“You are seeing many fewer lawyers who are willing to go out and speak for him and/or hitch their wagon [to him] and maybe not get paid — which is a big thing,” she said during an appearance on CNN.

In what was likely to be the last public hearing, the committee will hold. the panel’s members unanimously agreed to subpoena TrumpFor records relating to Capitol attack, and to have him give an in person deposition. Trump told his confidants that he would only give testimony if it was live on television after the vote.

A live appearance would require “a negotiation” between himself and the committee, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R.Illinois), has stated.

According to an Economist/YouGov poll published this week46 percent of voters say they approve of the subpoena Trump committee’s decision. 30 percent said they didn’t approve of it.

A majority of voters support Trump’s testimony before Congress on the January 6 attacks. 53% agree and 29% disagree.