Congress hopes that Judd Deere’s statement will make it possible to understand the former president’s attitude during the revolt. The rest of those summoned acted as delegates in the vote of the Electoral College
The committee of the United States Lower House that investigates the assault on the Capitol last year summoned a former White House spokesman to testify this Friday, with the aim of understanding the behavior of then-President Donald Trump (2017-2021) during the attack.
According to the CNN television network, the committee summoned Judd Deere, who was deputy spokesman for the White House during the Trump term, to testify next month and deliver documents to lawmakers.
The reason is that Deere helped “formulate the White House response to the January 6 attack as it happened,” according to the letter the committee sent to the former spokesman, obtained by CNN.
The committee subpoenaed dozens of former Trump advisers, including former White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany and his re-election campaign manager Bill Stepien.
In mid-October, the committee held far-right ideologue Steve Bannon, a Trump ally, in contempt for refusing to appear before congressmen to discuss the assault, in which five people were killed.
In Deere’s case, lawmakers are interested in what he might know about a Jan. 5 Oval Office meeting he attended, according to the book “Peril,” by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
According to the book, Trump asked the attendees what their ideas were to “convince Congress”, which was going to meet the next day to ratify the electoral victory of now President Joe Biden, not to certify that result.
Deere, who now works in the office of a Republican senator, also alleged “publicly that there had been fraud” in the November 2020 election, the committee, which wants to know more about how the response was formulated, said in its letter. from the White House to the assault.
The committee also summoned this Friday to appear fourteen people who served as delegates in the vote of the Electoral College to confirm the result of the presidential elections on December 14, 2020.
Under the US electoral system, Electoral College delegates confirm at their meetings in each state what was voted at the polls by millions of Americans in elections.
The fourteen delegates in question decided to cast votes for Trump even though it was Biden who had won the election in the state they were in.
Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson, the committee’s chairman, said in a statement that Trump and his entourage relied on the actions of those delegates to “justify delaying or blocking the certification of the elections” during the 6th session of Congress. January 2021.