By subpoenaing Trump, the 1/6 Commission gave the former president the option of appearing weak by not testifying or confessing to crimes and possibly perjury himself.
Greg Sargent from The Washington Post He spoke to legal experts who laid out Trump’s options,”National security attorney Bradley P. Moss agrees that Trump may risk indicting himself. “He can’t objectively admit what happened without effectively conceding the corrupt intent,” Moss told me. “But he cannot distort the facts in his testimony, so as not to be subjected to accusations of perjury.”
Trump leaked to Fox News that he wants to testify, but he’s done so before. He leaked that he wanted to testify for Mueller but then bargained his way to a series of written responses. Trump also claimed that he wanted to testify during the impeachment trials, and even when impeachment managers extended an open invitation, he refused to attend.
If Trump evades the 1/6 commission, he will appear weak, as if he is hiding and afraid to testify. If the former president testifies, he will risk confessing to crimes or perjury.
1/6 Trump Committee summoned To give him a chance to tell his side of the story and be heard in the commission’s final report. Perhaps outside the Department of Justice, no one has more experience of the events surrounding the Capitol attack than the 1/6 Commission.
Trump will not be able to claim that he has been denied “due process of law,” and once again congressional investigations are not criminal prosecutions. There is no right to a fair trial.
The committee called on the former president to cheat him, and Trump’s options range from bad to destructive for his future.
Mr. Easley is Managing Editor. He is also a White House press correspondent and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a BA in Political Science. His graduating work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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