Will he or won't he testify? Don't assume he won't.
By Hal Brown
As far as I can tell this (in my bold) is the common if not universal opinion being expressed in the media about the prospect of Donald Trump not complying with the Jan. 6 Committee subpoena and testifying:
The subpoena is not about getting former President Donald Trump to testify -- which almost certainly won't happen with 10 weeks or so left in this Congress and, in all likelihood, in the existence of the House Jan. 6 committee that voted on Thursday to issue it. (From ABC News)
Updated below as news on this story breaks:
Maggie Haberman of The New York Times reported, "Since it became public that the House select committee planned to subpoena Trump for his testimony, the former president has been telling aides he favors doing so, so long as he gets to do so live, according to a person familiar with his discussions."
"However, it is unclear whether the committee would accept such a demand," Haberman noted.
After the Jan. 6 committee unanimously voted in favor of subpoenaing former President Donald Trump, he’s been telling those in his orbit he’s not opposed to the idea. “The former president has been telling aides he favors doing so, so long as he gets to do so live, according to a person familiar with his discussions,” The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman reported on Thursday evening. “However, it is unclear whether the committee would accept such a demand.” Not everyone in Trump’s circle is convinced that him testifying would be a wise idea, however. “He should not,” a Trump adviser who speaks regularly with the former president told The Daily Beast on Thursday evening. A Trump spokesperson didn’t immediately return The Daily Beast’s request for comment. Taking to Truth Social, Trump said he will share his response to the subpoena Friday morning, while claiming the committee is “a giant scam, presided over by a group of Radical Left losers, and two failed Republicans.”
This is now on Truth Social:
It links to this FoxNews story:
Excerpt below shows a major fly in the ointment also in the subtitle above and the idea that the one person who could have easily assured that the National Guard was expeditiously dispatched to the Capitol was Trump himself.
Videos taken by Nancy Pelosi's daughter Alexandra, a documentarian covering the Capitol proceedings on Jan. 6th, were shown for the first time in yesterday's hearing show Pelosi and Senator Schumer trying desperately to arrange for the National Guard to basically saved members of Congress from the mob and allow the certification to continue.