Fox News reports that a source close to former President Donald Trump says that he “loves the idea of testifying” before the January 6 House select committee, after the panel unanimously voted to subpoena him.
The source said that if Trump complied with the subpoena and testified, he intends to “talk about how corrupt the election was, how corrupt the committee was, and how Nancy Pelosi did not call up the National Guard that Trump strongly recommended for her to do three days earlier on January 3, 2021.”
The source also stated that it isn’t clear if Trump will actually testify before the committee, as its operations are expected to cease should Republicans retake the House, but stressed that Trump “loves the idea.”
The committee, consisting of seven Democrats and two Republicans, both of whom have been very anti-Trump voices, voted Thursday to compel the former president to testify about his conduct leading up to and during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
On Thursday, Trump slammed the committee and its investigation as a “witch hunt” in an interview with Fox News.
“The committee is a hoax, a sham, a partisan witch hunt which is a continuation of the witch hunt that has gone on since the great day for our country that I came down the golden escalator with our future first lady,” Trump said. “They have no case, they have no ratings, so they have to try to do this to get publicity.”
Trump said that the investigation has been “a partisan witch hunt, together with two Republicans that have been thrown out of the party — one not wanting to run because he couldn’t win; and another losing by a record number of more than 40 points.”
Trump’s comments were related to Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who lost her primary race, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who chose not to run for reelection.
Trump stated that the committee “never covered the important subject of election fraud, or why Pelosi and the mayor of D.C. did not call up the National Guard — which I strongly recommended.”
“They didn’t cover the reason for January 6 — the largest crowd — it wasn’t set up by me,” Trump said. “The committee didn’t cover election fraud, which was massive, and they didn’t cover why Pelosi didn’t call the National Guard.”
Trump said that he had recommended that Pelosi and the mayor of Washington call up the National Guard on Jan. 6 because he “felt the crowd was going to be far bigger than anyone understood.”
“They didn’t do their job. I believed the crowd was going to be bigger — just my instinct — and they had the chance to call up the National Guard three days before Jan. 6, and if they did, Jan. 6 would have been a very different day. But they didn’t do it,” he said, adding, “They were derelict in their duty. I gave them the authorization and the recommendation to call up the National Guard.”
The former president did not comment on whether or not he would be appearing before the committee.
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