Democratic Representative Steny Hoyer has said that Democrats may “take to court” to force former President Donald Trump to appear before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol assault.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told Reverend Al Sharpton on his MSNBC program Sunday that Trump will be treated like “any other citizen who refuses to testify.”
The Select Committee unanimously decided to issue a subpoena ordering Trump to appear under oath, although Trump may opt to defend the subpoena in court.
Sharpton informed Hoyer that two committee members, Adam Kinzinger and Stephanie Murphy, said that the committee “has yet to identify its next moves if Donald Trump does not cooperate with the subpoena.”
“What can congressional Democrats do if the former president merely attempts to run out the clock on this subpoena in the hope that Republicans win control of Congress in November?” Sharpton inquired.
“Well, it’s really tough because time is tight,” Hoyer said, “but we’re going to handle him just like any other citizen who refuses to testify: go to court and ask that somebody be held in contempt and compelled to testify.”
“A past president is not above the law in the same way that the president is.”