Donald Trump was once again the primary focus of the January 6th select committee’s public hearing on Thursday, and this time the former President found himself right smack dab in the middle of the group’s latest publicity stunt.
The probe, which was originally billed as a bipartisan effort not aimed directly at the former Commander in Chief, quickly became neither. At the culmination of this week’s hearing, the group even went so far as to vote to subpoena Trump to testify before them.
As one would expect, it didn’t take long to get a response from The Don.
Former President Donald Trump published a letter Friday ripping the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 for failing to investigate what he considers basic questions surrounding the riot.
The committee issued a subpoena for testimony from Trump at its business meeting Thursday.Trending:
The letter, dated Thursday, opened with Trump’s unproven claims that the 2020 election was “stolen” before directly addressing the Jan. 6 committee and questioning its purpose.
Trump let them have it.
“The Unselect Committee has willfully ignored the fact that days before January 6, 2021, I recommended and authorized thousands of troops to be deployed to ensure that there was peace, safety, and security at the Capitol and throughout Washington, D.C. on January 6th because I knew, just based on instinct and what I was hearing, that the crowd coming to listen to my speech, and various others, would be a very big one, far bigger than anyone thought possible,” Trump wrote.
And that wasn’t all…not by a long shot.
“The Department of Defense timeline shows that National Guard troops could have easily been present at the Capitol before January 6th and that I fully authorized this recommendation and request. Following my authorization, the Department of Defense was surprised to receive a wholesale refusal, in writing, from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Capitol Police, who do not report to me, but report to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The law requires their authorization before any troop deployment could be utilized in Washington, D.C.”
Trump declined to say whether or not he’d be inclined to testify before the committee, leaving that retort to come another day.